Dyslexia: Make a difference - The classroom

Children with dyslexia describe their difficulties with classroom learning. The film offers a range of practical strategies to help.

They talk about focus, processing time, the role of the whiteboard, their peers, self-esteem and feedback. The film offers practical suggestions about how best to support them.

Minimising distractions within the classroom can be particularly important for children with dyslexia. "It's helped me to sit next to the teacher and it also helps me to... sit on a quiet table," says Cora.

Thinking about where pupils sit in the classroom is also important. For Alfie, sitting at the front of the class helps him to learn. He says: "I always say to my teachers, can I sit at the front, because I did used to sit at the back and I felt, I'm not learning anything here."

Numbered checklists can help pupils keep track of tasks, and breaking down information and instructions into chunks will help them to follow better as it avoids overloading them with information.

For Cora, this is vitally important as she needs information split up for it to make sense. She says: "A lot of instruction is quite hard because you do the first instruction and then you’re like what shall I do now?"

Giving pupils with dyslexia extra time will enable them not to feel penalized for being slower.

Similarly, keeping the learning objectives in mind when giving feedback will help them to stay positive.

Rewarding pupils can also reap benefits. For Amy, this is important in order to know that's she's doing well. She says: "When I get a piece of work back and it's got... a sticker or just some nice feedback, I'll be like, yay!"

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