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Scanning Pens on the Road! What we learned at Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School in Telford…

Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School has a glowing track record in award-winning provision for learners with Special Educational Needs.

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The big exam cram: last-minute revising with dyslexia

Cramming – last-minute, high-intensity revising – isn’t usually a form of revision that learners with dyslexia find themselves drawn to.

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Leaders of assistive technology company both awarded an OBE

Over the last 20 years, Jack Churchill – who himself is dyslexic – and Toby Sutton have built an assistive technology powerhouse at the heart of the dyslexia and special needs communities.

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Should we say ‘dyslexic people or ‘people with dyslexia’?

There is a debate in the global dyslexia community at the moment about whether we should refer to somebody (or ourselves) using ‘they’re dyslexic’ or ‘they have dyslexia’.

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What can the Literacy Gap map still tell us about reading?

For 2022 figures, we’re at a disadvantage: The Barbara Bush Foundation data took huge state sample sizes and mined existing data to create a more accurate picture of literacy within localities.

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A short history of assistive technology

November is Assistive Tech Awareness month, and to celebrate, we’re looking at the foundations of assistive technology and how we got to where we are today.

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Why do print books still dominate the reading marketplace?

A staggering number of books are printed each year via traditional publishers and distributors; we’re looking at a figure that’s suggested by experts to be between 500,000 and 1 million titles rolling off the presses every twelve months.

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10 of the biggest myths about assistive technology

Assistive technology is one of the cornerstones of creating a lived experience for people that’s accessible and equal.

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Have you added 'dyslexic thinking' to LinkedIn yet?

Both Griggs and Branson are encouraging LinkedIn users who have dyslexia to add the skill to their profile and to take part in what Griggs terms “a huge moment for dyslexics everywhere.’

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Reading schemes, reading levels and Book Bands

Learning to read is an exciting and important part of our early educational experiences. But it’s important to make sure that during these early days in school we’re reading the right thing for our skill level, and making sure that we’re developing our reading as well as enjoying the narrative.

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Creating a reading support toolbox

There are many tech solutions and devices that can make the reading experience for somebody with dyslexia more accessible. These are things that can be easily added to the reading experience and may allow readers to go forward with much more confidence, feeling supported and perhaps even foster a lifelong love of books and reading.

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