Isle of Man to sign the 'Made By Dyslexia' pledge and follow Gibraltar’s lead.

Isle of Man to sign the 'Made By Dyslexia' pledge and follow Gibraltar’s lead.

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Julia Furner started this petition to Tynwald and

Dyslexia has been recognised for more than a century and research has shown that people with dyslexia can thrive at school, with the right support. Yet, many children at school do not get identified as having dyslexia and the vast majority do not get support. The few who do get identified and get support often do so as a result of parents having fought for it. Even then, however, the support is often inadequate. It is no surprise therefore why nine out of ten parents with dyslexic children complain about the education system.

Dyslexic peers are significantly more likely to leave education without qualifications and have disproportionately high expulsion rates. Dyslexia, if not appropriately supported, can have adverse implications on mental health, bullying, crime, anti-social behaviour, unemployment and economic growth.  This correlation exists presumably because of poor identification and lack of appropriate support.

With identification and appropriate support, people with dyslexia are an asset to the future’s workforce and economy because dyslexic strengths such as visualising, imagining, communicating, reasoning, connecting, and exploring, all align with business needs. Yet, for many dyslexic children, there is little opportunity to elicit these strengths at school because 91% of schools lack insight into dyslexic strengths.

Barriers to identifying and addressing dyslexia at school start with teacher training. This highlights the need for dyslexia to be a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) priority.

I will be urging the Isle of Man Government to sign the ‘Made By Dyslexia’ Pledge and copy Gibraltar’s example: -

  • Screen all children for dyslexia at age five or six and repeat screening tests, on all students, every two years, for six years, to ensure no child is left unidentified. This is necessary because, for some people, identification happens at university or not at all.

 

  • Make the role of SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) a full-time position, giving them the opportunity to Champion SEN in schools and have greater freedom/time to liaise with parents and keep up to date with the latest information.

 

  • Make CPD on dyslexia a priority. All teachers to complete Part 1 and 2 of an online course which was made by Microsoft, in partnership with Made By Dyslexia. The courses are free, last one hour each and are worth 500 CPD points each. Training in dyslexia needs to continue being a priority as these online videos are basic.

https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/course/4acb190d/overview?aspxerrorpath=%2Fcourses-and-resources%2Fcourses%2Fdyslexia-awareness-in-partnership-with-made-by-dyslexia&fbclid=IwAR3Xw5qeJvabdxydppxxCBgFMghNHfYegMisLZviK8UWesAnC9KY8ZgIRDw

 

  • Work closely with the local dyslexia peer support group, to ensure the education system hears the concerns of parents and children in the community.

 

  • All schools in the Isle of Man to meet the British Dyslexia Association quality mark which represents a golden standard award for supporting dyslexia in education.

For a more detailed argument for change, please click on the below link:

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How professionals, parents, businesses and the public can help:

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My contacts

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