October is a month when there are many raising awareness for various reasons. Light it Red is happening in Australia and some other countries including England.
If you are in England you can be excused for not knowing, and not noticing, as there has been extraordinarily little media attention, if at all.
Did you see the WriteOffs on Channel 4 presented by Sandi Toksvig in September 2020? If you did not, then I can recommend you search and watch. https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-write-offs
Did you listen to Toby Withers documentary on Cast Iron for BBC World? Again, to be recommended searching and listening. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct16c7
Do you assume that all primary school teachers in the UK are trained in identifying and teaching Dyslexic Children?
Driver Youth Trust has produced four excellent reports: https://www.driveryouthtrust.com/research/
- Fish in a Tree: Why are we failing Children with Dyslexia?
- Through the Looking Glass: Is Universal provision what it seems?
- Joining the Dots: Have recent reforms worked for those with SEND?
- Hide and Seek: Where are all the specialists?
Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty/Difference/Disability and is recorded annually in data submitted to inform Government statistics.
Our own county Leicestershire, has around 2,000 children identified but where exactly is the provision for these children? How many have a place in a mainstream school, and it is not Dyslexia Friendly? How many parents pay for extra tuition without checking whether the tutors are qualified? This is not just a local problem.
Too many children are being failed by education. Children with so much potential and so many strengths are being left to focus on their weaknesses, which has such an impact on their emotional well being, which affects so many other areas of their lives. They are missing the opportunity to learn in a supportive, dyslexic friendly environment that allows their weaker areas of learning to be supported, building on their strengths.