Kilmarnock Academy is working towards becoming a Dyslexia Friendly School. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the ability to learn to read and spell. It often runs in families and stems from a difficulty in processing the sounds in words. Some 10% of the UK population are affected (dyslexia.action.org).
If you have any concerns and think you or your child may be dyslexic, please contact the school to make a referral.
If you would like to know more, follow some of the links below for more information on this condition or visit our Glow page.
Word Talk is a very useful and free resource which reads back word documents in a Scottish voice. We use this resource across the school and highly recommend it for home use, particularly for pupils with literacy difficulties. Click here to download it now.
Dyslexia Awareness Week
7th to 13th November is Dyslexia Awareness Week. In school, our newly set-up pupil group will meet to discuss the strategies used to support literacy currently taking place in their classrooms and how these might be improved. S1 and S3 PSE lessons will focus on dyslexia next week with our S1s thinking about their learning styles while S3s will watch a very informative documentary about Kara Tointon and the challenges she has faced as a person with dyslexia.