CrossHouse Primary School, Communication Centre & ECC

An East Ayrshire Council School

Dyslexia Friendly School

dfs-mascot

Our Mascot Chef Jumble’s name was chosen from one of the entries in our competition. His name was chosen as the person said that “sometimes people with Dyslexia get their letters and words jumbled up!”

WHAT IS DYSLEXIA and Dyslexia Friendly Schools?
Dyslexia is a learning difference, a combination of strengths and weaknesses which affects the learning process in reading, spelling, writing and sometimes numeracy.

Dyslexic learners may also have accompanying weaknesses in short term memory, sequencing and the speed at which they process information.

These are skills that everyone needs if they are to learn effectively in a busy classroom. They are also key skills for life.

Dyslexia Friendly Schools is an East Ayrshire initiative which aims to:

> Develop a whole school awareness of what dyslexia is
> Promote the positive ethos of dyslexia as a learning difference
> Create a dyslexia friendly environment and implement alternative classroom approaches which will benefit all pupils
> Respond immediately when pupils are struggling rather than wait for a ‘label’
> Have high expectations of all pupils
> Adopt flexible approaches

Dyslexia Friendly Schools good practice is in fact good practice for all. Research suggests that 30% of pupils at risk of literacy failure can be reduced to 3% with effective DFS classroom practice.

Our winning DFS logo which was chosen by the steering group. This Logo was designed by a P7 pupil.

For more information about dyslexia and how best to support, please take a look at these useful websites:

http://www.dyslexiatransition.org/
http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/
http://www.addressingdyslexia.org/
http://www.actiondyslexia.co.uk/

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