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The Scanning Pens Pilot Program: here's how a reading pen can make reading levels soar!

The Pilot Program at Scanning Pens is a specialist program where we invite educators in schools, colleges, MATs and LEAs to trial some of our award-winning reading technology for an extended 60 days. Sign up today!

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7 things we've learned from the education experts

We’re committed to supporting professionals working in SEND with free on-demand learning opportunities that help you explore what reading tech can do.

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5 quick ways for dyslexia professionals to connect with the global community this summer!

Whether you’re a seasoned dyslexia expert or if you’re just starting out on your journey, there’s always something amazing going on when you’re part of the global dyslexia community. Here’s how professionals can stay on the ball with it all this summer!

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Reading Pens for Reading Progress: Our latest collab with Twinkl!

We love working with other people whose mission it is to support educators and help learners make the progress they need to succeed. That’s why we’re so pleased to have worked with Twinkl on a brand new Twinkl TeachMeet all about how to leverage reading pens for reading progress!

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Year 6 SATs Preparation Plan: Stronger Reading, Better Focus

SATs are a nerve-wracking time for everyone: how certain are you that every learner in your class has the confidence and fluency that they need to succeed? Here's how adding a reading pen changes the story.

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Hack the university workload with C-Pen Reader 2!

To put our flagship reading support to the test, we’ve taken an average week, an average university workload and an average student with reading needs in a UK university, and explored just how the C-Pen Reader 2 can help learners on all kinds of courses take control of their university workload, beat the pressure, and take on the task at hand.

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KS2 SATs results 2023: as it happened and what it means

On Tuesday, we found out the KS2 SATs results for 2023. Amongst the celebrations (and we wholeheartedly advise many celebrations!), we’re also wondering how learners fared, what these results tell us, and what these results might reveal about the support landscape learners are experiencing in 2023.

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5 ways the right college reading aid saves students time!

Welcome to college! It’s exciting and liberating, but it can also feel like there just isn’t enough time, especially if you’ve got reading differences like dyslexia. Luckily, we’ve found the answer in the C-Pen Reader 2.

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The truth about participation and reading needs in England

What’s the literacy landscape like where you are, and how can it inform reading support strategies? We’re taking a deep dive into reading skills and participation in education across the UK and exploring where our most prevalent literacy inequalities lie.

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How do we combat reading anxiety after KS2 SATs results?

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Understanding dyscalculia better this exam season

It’s widely agreed that about 10-20% of the population have dyslexia. It’s also thought that around 20% of the population have dyscalculia, but the numbers skew when we look at co-occurring conditions: around 60% of people who have dyslexia also have dyscalculia, so there is a higher instance in the dyslexic population.

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Prioritising dyslexic emotional needs in revision season

When revision becomes a site of anxiety for learners, it stops being as effective as we’d like it to be, and this can have a huge impact on exam success. With the right techniques and tools, like text-to-speech reading aids and specialised revision strategies it can become more manageable – but how do we make sure that dyslexic learners’ mental wellbeing is being bolstered, as well as their exam success?

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The early years reading journey book bands and reading schemes

And as we engage in this long-form development, it’s essential that we’re reading the right content for our skill level. That’s why reading schemes (sometimes called ‘reading programmes’) and reading levels exist – to ensure that we’re constantly progressing and getting ready to tackle the next stages.

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Sofia’s literacy journey with reading needs

We tried a couple of options after the assessment. At first, I had a reading assistant who sat beside me in class and helped me with decoding and meanings, but I felt isolated. Like I was being watched for being different to my friends. I didn’t like it at all. Then we tried something that gave me more independence: a reading pen.

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Student mental health on GCSE results day

Lower results can have a huge impact on an individual’s self-esteem. They can cause learning anxiety and lead into thought patterns that compromise mental health. Older learners are generally better equipped to understand the connection between pandemic learning and the results they’ve received whereas younger ones may still be struggling with the idea that these results are a product of some kind of personal flaw or failing- but it’s the older learners who will be experiencing some of the most pressing anxiety, about their future and the scope of choices open to them.

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How text-to-speech can help reduce exam anxiety in dyslexics

On a functional level, of course! Adding dedicated text-to-speech accommodation into an exam setup is a great way to support reading and ensure that students can access all the information on their exam papers.

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A Normal Way of Working is the key to providing accommodations

Months of learning remotely and learning in stressful in pandemic conditions throughout 2020 and 2021 has had a powerful effect on the reading age of students in the UK. Studies suggest that around 20% of all 15-year-olds in the UK have a reading age of 11 and below, and 10% a reading age of 9 and below. The average reading age of a GCSE paper is 15 years and 7 months, and this disparity between actual and required reading age constitutes a significant gap that can influence grade attainment as well as self-confidence. Lower grades prevent some learners from going on to further and higher learning, and less-developed reading and decoding skills also prevent others from successfully applying for jobs.

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Children’s Mental Health Week: anxiety and reading support

Whether you’re a parent or guardian, educator or support professional, the conversation we have about reading support can be the beginning of huge positive change for a learner’s mental health.

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Malta Secretariat for Catholic Education C-Pen ReaderPen™ Research Project

The commitment to change teaching and learning practices rests on the assumption that educators who are facing new realities in their classrooms feel the need to renew their professional practices. Realities of students with different learning needs and ethnicities summons for an inclusive school environment.

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