The West Bridgford School

A Specialist Technology Academy

Dyslexia Friendly School

Working Towards Becoming a Dyslexia Friendly School

West Bridgford School is a very inclusive school and we work hard to maintain our inclusive practice. This means, as a staff, we are always learning and developing our skills and expertise in order to support and raise the achievement of all our pupils.

There are a wide range of pupils with additional needs at our school, and nearly all our pupils will experience a time where extra support is needed during their school life.

We recognise that there are a large number of our students who are dyslexic, and many pupils who have some dyslexic traits. Meeting their needs and removing the barriers to their learning is a priority for us and therefore we made a commitment, last year, to the County’s initiative of becoming a Dyslexia Friendly School.

Whilst recognising there is already lots of good practice in school, we hope to increase teachers’ confidence and expertise in meeting the needs of our dyslexic learners.

We see dyslexia as a learning difference (and not a learning difficulty) which includes strengths as well as difficulties and therefore we view dyslexia with a much more positive outlook; aiming to build on the strengths of our learners and also to provide strategies and support for the difficulties they experience.

The Dyslexia Friendly School acknowledges that all children learn in different ways and provides opportunities for them to be able to do so.

We have completed an audit of our school and we are now waiting for the local authority to visit and scrutinise our work. We will keep you updated of our progress towards this aim.

This year we have:-

·        Provided training for all staff on dyslexia awareness and strategies to support pupils in the classroom. All staff will need refresher training every 3 years and new staff will need training.

·        Provided information about our pupils with dyslexia to all teaching and support staff

·        Delivered assemblies to all year groups to raise awareness of dyslexia to pupils and staff

·        Set up a partnership with Dyslexia Action

·        Launched Moodle which will provide homework on line for pupils and parents to access. Moodle will also support a Learning Platform for all staff to access where dyslexia awareness training and support can be accessed by staff. Eventually we would like to roll this out to parents.              

·        We remind staff every week via our e bulletin of a ‘Dyslexia- Tip of the week’

·        Been noted by Ofsted as and Outstanding School which included ‘Outstanding progress for pupils with additional needs’

·        Introduced a new software programme called Lexia which supports reading and spelling

·        Plans to introduce the Ruth Miskin Literacy Programme in September for some pupils in Year 7

·        Subscribed to The Dyslexia Association to receive updates, news of training events and a quarterly magazine

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