Dyslexia Friendly

At Deansfield we are fully committed to ensuring that we give the best possible opportunities to all of our children. In May 2011 we gained Dyslexia Friendly School status. A dyslexia friendly school is a school that is able to identify and respond to the difficulties that a dyslexic learner may encounter and ensure their needs are met.

At Deansfield  we recognize dyslexia as a specific learning difference and place it on the continuum of learning styles and preferences. We are committed to ensure that if children do not learn the way we teach, we will teach the way they learn, actively developing our experiences and the body of research available. Quality first teaching will build on the strengths of our children and minimize their weaknesses, enabling them to achieve their full potential.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difference which is constitutional in origin, independent of socio-economic or language background and can occur at any level of intellectual ability. It can cause unexpected difficulties in acquiring certain skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Sometimes numeracy or spoken language.

Similarly, there are accompanying weaknesses which may be identified in the following areas:

  • Speed of processing
  • Short term memory
  • Sequencing
  • Auditory and/or visual perception
  • Motor skills.

Good Inclusive Practice  

We strive for good inclusive practice which includes:

  • Low stress levels
  • Positive acceptance of difference
  • Confidence to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them
  • Multi sensory approach
  • Good working partnerships between all adults
  • Pupil voice in target setting

Multi-Sensory Approach

We use all of our senses, but often we use one more than others when we learn something new.




Reading pictures and charts



Listening to voice recordings and music



Modelling movement


We aim to promote multi-sensory teaching and learning, providing your children with lessons offering a good balance of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK)  learning styles.

How you can help

Daily reading – read to your child, let them read to you, share the reading, most importantly make it an enjoyable experience.

Play games to support them with spelling and reading - see the spelling tips sheet for advice.

Timetable any homework so that it is small manageable chunks. Remember Dyslexic children have had to work harder than their peers and they may need a break before starting their homework.

Encourage your child to discuss their ideas and make a plan together before they start any written work.

Encourage your child to present projects to highlight their own personal strengths be that through art or the computer.

If you have any questions or queries regarding dyslexia then please do not hesitate to contact our school and make an appointment with Janice Lewis.

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