Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – March 2017

In the headlines

8 March 2017

Holly Willoughby has spoken about her concerns that her three children may be dyslexic like her. She uses coloured scripts and advance checks on the autocue for her role as presenter on ITV’s “This Morning”. She feels that schools are better at spotting the signs of dyslexia now and so her children would be picked up sooner.  She was diagnosed at 15.   She also says that teaching has become more visual since she was at school.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4261530/Holly-Willoughby-concerned-kids-inherit-dyslexia.html

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/i-cant-imagine-doing-mornings-without-phil-but-partying-until-4am-was-definitely-a-one-off/

9 March 2017

Dyslexia Scotland has been given double funding of £200,000 for 2017/18 by the Scottish Government. They have developed three online training modules called Introduction to dyslexia and inclusive practice which will be available on Addressing Dyslexia, Open University and Dyslexia Scotland’s websites and through Education Scotland’s digital sites.

http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/funding-doubled-for-dyslexia-charity

18 March 2017

SNP Conference calls for more support for adults in obtaining dyslexia assessment by being able to access assessments in the workplace. The cost for an evaluation can range from £300-£500 when done privately.

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10583/snp-conference-calls-more-support-adults-obtaining-dyslexia-assessment

23 March 2017

SEND learners are airbrushed from education policy says Chris Rossiter, Director of Driver Youth Trust in his report “Through the Looking Glass: Is universal provision what it seems?” Having reviewed 21 influential reports on achieving higher levels of literacy he feels the agencies involved ignore the 1.2 million children with SEND.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/send-learners-are-airbrushed-from-policy/