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'While learning to read, and having good levels of literacy, are undoubtedly important, I don’t believe this is the whole solution,' Bambi Gardiner, Founder of Oaka Books, explains why teaching a dyslexic child to read does not solve the problem.

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Common Entrance, Dyslexia, Education, Learning, School -

Common Entrance (CE) is the name given to the set of exams usually taken at age 11yrs (for girls) and age 13yrs (for boys or co-ed). The exams are set by the ISEB (Independent Schools Examinations Board) but each paper is marked by the school your child is hoping to go on to. This gives the school the ability to mark the paper in accordance with their specific requirements so there is no ‘set’ pass or fail; it is up to each school to set their grade boundaries. The pressure of Common Entrance exams can seem to permeate the whole...

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Dyslexia, Learning, School, Spld -

With the end of the school holidays in sight, some of us will be turning our attentions to the new school year. With 1 in 5 people known to be dyslexic, the new academic year will, no doubt, throw up its fair share of learning (and teaching) challenges. Recognising the signs of learning difficulties is the first step to making life easier for pupils, teachers and parents alike.  To help out, we have put together a SpLD Screening Checklist. This shows some key indicators of dyslexia and how to spot them in the classroom (or, indeed at home).  The list...

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Awareness, Dyslexia, Global, Languages, World -

Over recent years in the UK, the main focus for dyslexia has been to create awareness and new support in many different ways. However, is this the case in other countries? How does the language you are reading in affect dyslexia? The English Language is called irregular orthography. This means the same combinations of letters don’t always sound the same. Could this lead to there being more people, who have English as their first language, being dyslexic because of the complexity of our language? According to an article in the BBC news, dyslexia exists across many nationalities but research has...

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Dyslexia, Learning, Summer -

It is finally that time of year that all the kids love so much, the summer holidays! For many children this is the time where there is no school work and it is all about fun and games. On the other hand who’s to say that some methods of learning can’t be fun as well? Mention ‘education’ to your children during the holidays and you can be pretty sure it will be groaned at or worse. However, there is plenty of research to show that it is definitely a wise idea to keep your kids in touch with learning throughout...

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