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When you talk to people with dyslexia, don’t you wish there was a way you could make reading easier and more enjoyable for them?

Most of us spend a considerable part of the day deciphering text, whether it is checking social media, glancing at magazine and newspaper headlines, using train timetables, looking out for road signs, following instructions on food packaging, reading our mail, emails and text messages. The list goes on.

So just imagine how hard it would be if you couldn’t process information as you were reading it, if the words got in the way of the message. That is exactly what it’s like for someone with dyslexia and they often find it very stressful.

Primary schools get help to identify pupils with speech and language difficulties in minutes

Boy in speech and language therapy class

At a time when resources to support children with speech and language difficulties is at best inequitable or at worst inaccessible*, GL Assessment has unveiled a toolkit to help primary schools easily screen and support children with speech and language difficulties. 

WellComm Primary has been created in conjunction with speech and language therapists at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. It is designed to help schools quickly identify children aged six to 11 who may be struggling with their speech and language development and offer ideas for immediate support. 

How literacy interventions help children with long-term difficulties

Reading Recovery literacy interventions – a girl smiles as she reads a book

Dr Susan Bodman is National Lead for Reading Recovery. Here, she discusses how literacy interventions can help children with long-term difficulties…

Every SENDCo is familiar with the impact of long-term literacy difficulties, both on attainment and social and emotional wellbeing of individual pupils and on the school responsible for meeting those educational needs. Literacy difficulties tend to be resistant to remediation without specific targeted response. This presents schools with a dilemma.  

Discover the new range of children’s learning posters from Eureka!

new range of children’s learning posters from Eureka

Trusted schools brand Eureka! has launched a new range of fun learning posters designed for children from 2-12 years on its website

The “Know Your” posters cover a range of topics suited for younger children including animals,numbers, shapes, colours and seasons, as well as an older-children’s range that focuses on learning goals such as multiplication, addition and telling the time.

Printed in bright eye-catching colours the range is designed to attract and hold a child’s attention and make your learning environment look exciting and fun. There are even 3D versions to encourage child interaction within the classroom.

The bell needs to ring on old tech in schools

Children using old tech in schools
Article by Simone Martorina, business manager VI, Epson UK 

They say our school years are the best of our lives, and it is remarkable how fast they pass, so it is undoubtedly integral that teachers and pupils get the absolute most out of them. The methods of teaching are constantly evolving too, with technology increasingly embraced in classrooms up and down the country. With time in education so precious, it is important that not a second is needlessly lost – and using old, outdated tech is doing exactly that.

Lost time

How to get children excited about STEM

How to get children excited about STEM

It’s unsurprising that children who have confidence in their abilities tend to be more successful in their studies - and that confidence isn’t just built within the school gates. Teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) early on helps lay the foundations for deeper learning, and parents can play a big role in supporting this. 

Leading chemistry specialists Radleys share their top tips for getting kids excited about STEM subjects.

Look outside the classroom

Improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation through volunteering in 2019 

Improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation through volunteering in 2019 

National reading charity Beanstalk is urging more people to consider becoming a reading helper in 2019 to not only help transform the lives of children who struggle with reading, but also to discover how being a volunteer can positively change their own lives and significantly improve wellbeing.  

According to the latest feedback received by over 1,200 Beanstalk volunteers, being a reading helper in 2017-18 has helped them feel better connected to their local communities while improving mental activity and overall wellbeing, with 93% saying they would recommend becoming a reading helper to others. 

Tales Toolkit story-telling helps boys close ‘literacy gap’ with girls

Tales Toolkit in action in Nursery class at Cale Green Primary School

A story-telling approach can help boys aged two to five-years-old catch up with the literacy levels of girls in the same class, research by Goldsmiths, University of London has found.

Tales Toolkit is a storytelling programme, currently used for children up to age seven in more than 120 schools across the UK and eight countries worldwide, that encourages imagination and creativity. It provides schools with child-led resources based around symbols to represent story structure of character, setting, problem and solution.