We are very fortunate to be partnering with the inspirational people at the Kusuma Trust, who are going to help us to support six schools in London during the next academic year.
Our team will provide specialist help and advice to the whole school community – teachers, teaching assistants, parents and children; particularly the children who would benefit the most from spending time throughout the year with our dyslexia specialist tutors .
In a typical class of seven- to eight-year-olds, around 15% will have literacy issues but will not be eligible to access government funding, and their families may not be able to afford specialist help. The project targets this group of children who can fall between the lines.
The grant from the Kusuma Trust for the Families and Schools Together (FAST) project, means five pupils from each of six schools will benefit from multiple one-to-one support. The project also offers professional development training for teachers and teaching assistants, and dyslexia awareness sessions for parents and carers.
• At least 1 in 10 children in the UK have dyslexia. (NHS, 2018, Overview: dyslexia).
• 75% of schools report having no access to specialist teachers. (DYT, 2020, Hide and Seek report: Where are all the specialists? 2020)
• The project will provide support to 30 pupils, as well as workshops for 90 teachers and sessions for 90 families.
‘’Up until now we have had limited resources to work with in London. The grant from Kusuma Trust is a very exciting development. It will help us support six schools next academic year, which is urgently needed in view of how far behind some pupils have fallen due to home schooling.’’
Andy Cook, CEO, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity