The local authority is committed to supporting schools in developing a variety of approaches to inclusive practice, including Dyslexia Friendly Schools. This support has to be planned and sustained to facilitate development and dissemination of practice. An example of this is the Dounby Community School Dyslexia Friendly Schools Development. The following policy statement has been evolved by the staff at Dounby School in relation to the work carried out over a 2 year period.
Dounby Community School recognises the unique contribution of every individual in the school community. It is an inclusive school in which pupils of all abilities and from all cultures and backgrounds are valued and their achievements matter. The good progress of all our pupils is of paramount importance.
We strive to:
In our school the Support for Learning Teacher leads policy and practice and is in a position to ensure that whole school policy is translated into classroom based practice. We recognise that whole school awareness training for all contact staff is essential. A catch-up programme is in place for new staff – teachers, Support for Learning Assistants and ancillary staff joining the school.
A key attribute of a Dyslexia Friendly School is the willingness to respond quickly to perceived needs without waiting for a formal assessment. This inclusive, dyslexia friendly response comes from class teachers who are empowered to identify learning issues and respond appropriately as part of their day to day teaching. There are clear referral procedures for identification, assessment and monitoring through a ‘staged approach’.
In a dyslexia friendly classroom learners are supported to be the best they can be. There are a range of strategies that promote effective teaching and learning for all pupils:
Where possible or appropriate, opportunities for the reinforcement of core skills are taken in before and after school sessions.
Parents or carers are actively encouraged to be involved in their children’s learning. Clear information, advice and support is available for parents.
At Dounby Community School we recognise that many apparent learning difficulties may actually turn out to be learning differences which can be minimised or overcome by a change in approach.
Dounby School has adopted a wide range of dyslexia friendly strategies. More information on these strategies is available from the document in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.