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Raise Awareness

Raise Awareness

MPs need to know what’s needed for people with dyslexia

The Dyslexia SpLD Trust is today urging people to support its manifesto by writing to their MPs in the run up to the election.

The Trust is asking people to help raise awareness in support of children, young people and adults with dyslexia by urging the next Government to take on board its plan which highlights key recommendations:

  • Make the education system more 'accessible'
  • Create a ‘skilled and knowledgeable educational workforce’
  • Support job-seekers into work

Trust organisations, including Helen Arkell, have written an eight-point action plan which it believes will create a fairer system for those with dyslexia. Helen Arkell supports that: “Unless a ‘hidden disability’ such as dyslexia is identified, and as early as possible, it can hinder a child’s learning and have negative, long-term social consequences, not only for the young person but also for society.”

Special Educational Needs training, including an awareness of specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, is still not compulsory in initial teacher training or via continuing professional development. However, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) states: ‘support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation’.

Teacher training in dyslexia may help to reduce the NEETs population.

There are currently around 963,000 youngsters aged 16 to 24 Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEETS) in the UK, often due to difficulties in the transition from school to work. Helen Arkell agrees with the Trust’s statement: “The number of NEETS is still too high and the sector believes the situation will not decrease significantly until action is taken to ensure dyslexia is fully understood within the education system and the workforce.”

Ask your MP to ensure the next Government adopts the dyslexia sector’s manifesto to ensure dyslexia is fully understood by teachers and support workers in the education and employment system.

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