Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects millions of people every day. However, not everyone understands the nature of dyslexia. Over the next week, our pupils will be taking part in Dyslexia Awareness Week to better understand the learning difficulty and challenge common misconceptions so they can become better supporters of those who have dyslexia.
According to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), the driving force behind Dyslexia Awareness Week, 10% of the British population are dyslexic, 4% severely so. Despite the number of people who have dyslexia, a large amount of the population do not have an understanding of what dyslexia is or the effects it has. It is this lack of understanding that often presents unnecessary barriers for people with dyslexia.
Through Dyslexia Awareness Week, the BDA strives to improve knowledge of the learning difficulty, raise awareness of how commonplace it is, and alter the public perception of people with dyslexia.
At Bowerhill School, we know children come in all different shapes, sizes and with various learning needs. Our policy is to ensure children are supported as soon as they need it, and no child is excluded from learning amongst their classmates. We use the The Wiltshire Graduated Response to SEND Support and the Wiltshire Early Support for Dyslexia (WESforD) resources to ensure we're adhering to the latest guidelines.
As a primary school, we are unable to offer a dedicated professional who is qualified to conduct dyslexia assessments. Therefore, we work closely with Wiltshire Council to access their Specialist SEN Service and other independent professionals who, if appropriate, may assess children.
If a child has a learning difficulty at Bowerhill School regardless of whether they've been assessed, we're already supporting them with specialist tools and resources. We individualise the provision using the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle which allows us to compile a graduated response about the child's strengths and needs; based on reliable evidence of ‘what works’.
Further information about learning needs and dyslexia you please go to: