Edsential supporting Dyslexia Awareness Week 2nd-9th October

Edsential supporting Dyslexia Awareness Week 2nd-9th October

Reflection after listening to Neil Mackay delivering:

‘Engaging Dyslexic boys in reading and writing’.

Having listened to Neil Mackay give common sense and simple strategies to support Dyslexic pupils I thought it may be useful to share what I considered the key points.

Dyslexia touches up to 20% of the population. 6 out of 30 pupils will have be on the ‘Dyslexic spectrum’ or, have ‘Dyslexic-type’ learning needs.

  • Every lesson should start with a review of the previous one.
  • Only 15% of the lesson should be new, the remainder should be over-learning.
  • A Dyslexic pupil may take twice as long to produce half as much as non-dyslexic peers, but alternative evidence of achievement can show evidence of impact and higher-level thinking.
  • Some dyslexic pupils need more time (i.e. teacher-time) and others more help (scaffolding)!
  • Instead of marking each incorrect word as an error, try highlighting the letters which are .
  • Use Peer tutoring enable pupils to ‘teach others’.
  • Don’t mark a spelling wrong unless you have already taught the convention/spelling rule.
  • Using a Paired reading strategy may improve reading from 12 to 18 months in a year.


For further details or supporting Dyslexic pupils, Contact: sue.calveley@edsential.co.uk  07710706173 or to read further about SEND, click here.