One in five children in the UK have literacy difficulties.
One in ten children in the UK are dyslexic.
With figures like these there is a good chance that you know somebody who may be dyslexic, or someone who may struggle to read or write.
One in four children fail to master the basics of writing at the end of primary school, and one in nine children have the same issues with reading.
For the Driver Youth Trust, promoting the awareness of dyslexia and literacy difficulties is crucial to help teachers understand the challenges that their pupils face. This can lead to better practice and a tailored educational experience.
Promoting awareness can also help parents learn more about how to support their children in school, and can give learners the right tools to promote their own education in the classroom, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
“Awareness is the greatest agent for change”
Dyslexia Awareness Week: 2nd – 8th October 2017 (#DAW17)
Dyslexia Awareness Week is held in the autumn term of each year. This year, Dyslexia Awareness Week (#DAW17) is from 2-8 October in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is a great opportunity for you, your learners, teachers and parents to learn more about this learning challenge.
World Dyslexia Awareness Day takes place on the Thursday, 5th October 2017.
Initially set up by the British Dyslexia Association, the theme oflast year’s DAW was “Identification of Dyslexia” and looked at one of the first stages of any dyslexic’s life: getting assessed.
In 2015, the Driver Youth Trust and Drive for Literacy ran a social media competition in association with ARK Schools to encourage discussions and activities to get schools thinking about what dyslexia is and how to help.
Participants had to produce a dyslexia themed activity that could be shown in pictures, and then have it shared on social media.
The winners were students from Ark Helenswood Academy in Hastings.
During Dyslexia Awareness Week, the girls from Helenswood clearly demonstrated a high level of attentiveness and support for their dyslexic classmates by organising a successful dyslexia awareness cake sale to raise money for dyslexia and a poster competition on how dyslexia feels.
For all their efforts and imaginative and informative activities, Drive for Literacy would like to say thank you to Charlotte Kim and her students at Ark Helenswood Academy with our DfL Gift Basket filled with the carefully selected, best-rated tools for teachers to help their students with reading, writing and learning tasks at school.
What can I do to raise more awareness?
Plan and deliver lessons that use alternative ways to record understanding, such as through debate, posters, and dance etc.
Organise a student assembly to promote understanding of dyslexia.
Get student to produce a display on “What is dyslexia?”
Highlight stories of inspiring people with dyslexia, who have demonstrated great accomplishments.
Useful appropriate resources and material.
Famous Dyslexics Poster (see right) – click here to download.
Show a dyslexic that their learning challenge does not mean they can’t be successful in life, with our Famous Dyslexics poster.
Famous Dyslexic People Quiz (see right) – click here to download.
One in ten people in the UK are dyslexic. Chances are you know someone with dyslexia. But how many of these famous dyslexics can you guess?
Barrington Stoke’s books – the home of super-readable books
You may also be interested to find out more about Barrington Stoke’s books, which was founded by Patience Thomson and Lucy Juckes, a mother and daughter-in-law team with personal experience of the way that dyslexia can lock children out of the world of books and reading. Together they came up with the idea of books that would open the door to more young people and Barrington Stoke was born. They developed a dyslexia-friendly font, pioneered the use of tinted paper and began to commission short, achievable books from an amazing range of authors including Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman.
DYT Book Club
Our own book club reviews literature, from how readable a children’s book is to the best resources for improving your teaching.
Creative, Successful, Dyslexic – 23 High Achievers share their stories – a book by Margaret Rooke
23 very well-known people from the arts, sport, and business worlds talk about how dyslexia affected their childhood, and how they were able to overcome the challenges and use the special strengths of dyslexia to achieve great success in adulthood. Darcey Bussell CBE, Eddie Izzard, Sir Richard Branson, Meg Mathews, Zoe Wanamaker CBE, Richard Rogers, Benjamin Zephaniah, Steven Naismith, Lynda La Plante CBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Sophie Conran and others share their stories, and their advice.