Dyslexia Friendly School
“It is also to be commented that the knowledge displayed by staff of individual students and their needs has been exemplary. This level of individual knowledge and attention is more in keeping with a single form entry school yet has been achieved at Woodlands throughout its three form entry provision. With the backing of the Senior Management Team the school, as a whole, is providing noteworthy support for pupils at Woodlands”.
Woodlands School was awarded the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark for the second time in November 2015.
This is a reflection of the excellent dyslexia friendly practice that is embedded in the school. Staff are regularly trained in theory and practical classroom strategies to ensure that any pupil with dyslexia is able to access all aspects of the curriculum.
Staff understand that dyslexia is not only about reading or spelling difficulties, and that it can affect personal organisation, maths, speed of processing information, aspects of memory and language, and often co-occur with other specific learning difficulties. Self-esteem can be affected also.
Staff are sensitive to seating arrangements in classrooms, lighting and noise, and provide visual aids to help with spelling and reading. In addition manipulatives and memory aids are always available for maths. Alternative coloured paper is provided and the display on our interactive whiteboards can be altered as appropriate too. Learning resources are carefully labelled to encourage independent learning among the pupils.
Pupils’ strengths are always celebrated and encouraged with the opportunities to take part in extra activities such as sport, music, science or performance arts. Assemblies, displays and open dialogue ensures that all pupils are valued and respected by each other.
“Children have a much better knowledge of dyslexia, they see strengths so don’t see them as lesser pupils” (BDA 2015)
The partnership with parents is vital to the pupils’ success in school. We have an open door policy so please come and talk to us about any concerns.