Dyslexia Awareness

Improving support for staff, students, learners, pupils & employees

Dyslexia affects about 10% of the population in the UK – that’s about 6 million people. This means that there is likely to be at least one person in every workplace, group of students, pupils, trainees or learners who is affected in some way.

Most organisations make provision for assessing and supporting individuals but many of those with dyslexia find ways and means to deal with the challenges it presents and consequently their dyslexia often goes undiagnosed. There are also several myths about dyslexia which further confuse and mislead matters. Consequently there are many students who benefit when their teachers, trainers and support teams have a good understanding of dyslexia and the approaches that make learning easier for them.

Couple the above with the fact that many staff, especially those new to teaching or with minimal recent involvement struggle to understand dyslexia , what it looks like and what effective/ reasonable adjustments might look like means that dyslexia training is an essential and annual CPD requirement.

This fast-paced, intensive, but fun, workshop addresses these myths and provides a solid understanding of dyslexia; including indicators and implications. Most importantly it provides a range of easy to implement ideas, suggestions and strategies that organisations and individuals can adopt to enable those with dyslexia to maximise their potential and efficiency.

For Whom

This workshop is primarily designed for managers and staff from all educational establishments and could include, for example:

  • Schools, Colleges, Learning Providers, Prisons, Playgroups and Youth Clubs

    • Quality, IAG, Student Services. SLDD Representatives
    • Heads of Department and Year
    • Teachers Lecturers, Trainers, Assessors, Learning Support Teams

The workshop is also designed to be of considerable use and interest to all those involved with recruiting, training or supporting staff including staff, managers and HR Personnel from:

• Private, Commercial and Corporate Business
• Public Sector Organisations
• Voluntary and charitable organisations

NB: This workshop is not aimed at those who have an in depth understanding of SpLD.

Aims and Objectives

As a result of the workshop participants will be better able to understand

• the indicators of dyslexia and other associated disorders – what it looks and feels like
• the relevant legislation and what is meant by ‘reasonable adjustments’
• how to meet those legislative requirements
• strategies to support others – best practice
• how individuals can help themselves
• how to support individuals with dyslexia

and will be able to identify
• where to go for further guidance
• useful tips and tools to use in their context

Content

The workshop is broken down into 5 distinct but related sections and will be a mixture of information and activity. In each section, participants will be encouraged to share good practice.

1. Facts and myths about dyslexia

Dyslexia receives much media coverage and there are talks of miracle cures and best teaching methods. This session aims to clarify the reality; focusing on the definitions, the law and a common sense approach.

2. Indicators and commonly reported problems

• Characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders
• Issues for different age groups from pre-school to adult
• The potential impact on organisations and individuals

3. What you can do

• A positive approach – a consideration of the positive aspects of dyslexia and how to get the best from people
• Checklists you can use
• Making the workplace or learning environment dyslexia friendly
• Sustainability – ongoing training and practice

4. What individuals can do to help themselves

• Tips and techniques
• Resources and external support

5. Action Planning

• An opportunity for participants to reflect and to plan for the future with support and guidance from the trainer
• Ideas for additional sources of information and support