Hello and Welcome to our Dyslexia Friendly Schools Blog!
If you have any questions regarding Dyslexia or resources to help with learning, or would like access to the East Ayrshire Council Parent Information Leaflet on Dyslexia then please feel free to contact our DFS Champion Miss Fulton on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our DFS Journey
All staff at Shortlees Primary School and Early Childhood Centre are committed to ensuring that the additional support needs of pupils with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties are met, leading to successful inclusion of all pupils thus allowing them to achieve their potential.
Dyslexia Scotland defines dyslexia as “a continuum of difficulties in learning to read, write and/or spell, which persists despite the provision of appropriate learning opportunities. These difficulties often do not reflect an individual‘s cognitive abilities and may not be typical of performance in other areas” (Dyslexia Scotland 2011)
We at Shortlees Primary School and Early Childhood Centre recognise that although dyslexia is not something that can be cured, many of the barriers that dyslexic learners face can be overcome. Each individual child and young person with dyslexia will have his/her own individual combination of strengths and difficulties and it is our duty to harness the strengths and help pupils to utilise them to their full capacity while also helping them to overcome any difficulties they may encounter.
One person in ten is thought to have dyslexia with 4% of the population believed to be severely dyslexic. In order to meet the needs of learners with dyslexia, as well as other pupils experiencing literacy difficulties, we aim to be dyslexia aware and vigilant while ensuring that every class provides a dyslexia friendly environment.
Our DFS School Aims:
- Whole school awareness of what dyslexia is and how we can support it.
- Whole school responsibility for supporting children / young people with literacy difficulties including dyslexic difficulties.
- Empowerment of teachers to meet the needs of all their pupils.
- Dyslexia friendly learning environments.
- Early identification of children /young people at risk of developing literacy difficulties and appropriate intervention strategies suited to meet individual‘s needs.
- Confidence and consistency in using the Staged Intervention Model embedded within East Ayrshire‘s Dyslexia Guidelines.
- Consistency in approaches through the establishment from Early Childhood Centre to Primary 7.
- Effective monitoring and tracking systems to record pupils’ literacy development.
- Effective networking for sharing and celebrating good practice.
- CLPL opportunities for all staff.
- Resilience in pupils.
- Development of children / young people‘s empathy and awareness towards dyslexia.
- Positive and effective parent / carer partnership.
Each classroom is equipped with resources to suit the needs of each individual learning. For each learner, no journey is the same. We all can require different support and guidance which makes us all unique and special in our own ways.
Visual Timetable – every class has a visual timetable. This includes picture and word cards arranged in an order of the school day. This helps with routine and consistency as the children can visually see what subjects they will be learning that day as well as visually see transition times.
Whole School Marking Scheme – every teacher has a set of DFS marking stamps which are consistent from Primary 1-7. This allows children to visually see the areas they did well in and the areas they should work on next time. The visual and consistent use of the stamps allows children to clearly read and understand their feedback which helps them to progress in their learning.
Classroom resources – each class has a ‘Terrific Toolkit’ which contains the resources below. The variety allows children to learn with ease and confidence. These resources are consistent throughout the school so children can have consistency in their learning.
Pupil Voice Groups
P1-3 with Miss Fulton
Aims of the Group:
- Gain full understanding and knowledge of DFS resources and how they can help us
- Build and complete parents night stall
- Walk around the school and check if displays are okay – look out for Shorty and the logo
- Paint Shorty’s for corridor and classroom displays
- Create reading resources for every classroom
- Discuss our favourite ways to learn
- What type of learner are we? Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Visual
P4-5 with Miss Gates