St Margaret’s Academy Set To Mark Dyslexia Awareness Week

STUDENTS, parents and staff at St Margaret’s Academy (SMA) are taking part in a week of activities to raise awareness of dyslexia. SMA have a full programme of events lined up this week to support students, parents and staff in developing various strategies to support those affected by dyslexia in a bid to remove any barriers to learning. Working with Dyslexia Action the school will host a variety of events, cross-curricular activities, drama and creativity workshops, as well as a special assembly with guest speaker. SMA teachers will also be adapting their lesson plans with a variety of strategy focuses to directly engage with pupils. On Wednesday, staff will also be wearing the pastel colours associated with dyslexia which allow students to process information more easily. A highlight of the week is set to be a ‘market place’ event taking place on Thursday, which will bring together a host of professionals to offer advice to parents and pupils who want to learn more about how they can support those with learning differences. Participating organisations include The Careers Service, Liverpool John Moores University, the Educational Psychology Service, as well as publishers of dyslexia friendly fiction and non-fiction books, Barrington Stoke, and Allerton Dyslexia Support. Special educational needs co-ordinator’s (SENSCo’s) from across the city’s secondary schools have also been invited along to share and develop ideas at the event, which hopes to reach out to the community around SMA. Katie Pritchard, special educational needs co-ordinator at SMA, says: “Within our school community we strive to offer a learning environment which is inclusive and supportive of all of our pupils. Dyslexia is the most common learning difference, affecting one in ten in the UK, and this week we really want to reduce stigma and emphasise that having a learning difference should not hold you back in whatever you aim to do in life. “This is set to be an exciting week for dyslexia awareness both nationally and in our local community. I hope that parents, students, and staff will come together this week to find out how they can support children with difficulties with literacy, numeracy and, of course, special learning difficulties, both in school and at home.”