The Dyslexic in the Classroom | Lighthouse Professional Development

The Dyslexic in the Classroom

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This one-day course is designed to give teachers an opportunity to
identify and address the problems that pupils with this specific learning
difficulty encounter throughout the curriculum.
Topics covered include practical techniques on how to improve the
reading, spelling, handwriting, listening skills, memory and revision
techniques, examination skills, organisation and the homework of your
dyslexic students.

Who should attend?
Class Teachers, Special Needs Teachers, SENCOs, Learning Mentors, LSAs
and Teaching Assistants in Primary and Secondary Schools.


9:30Arrival, registration and coffee13:00Restaurant Lunch
Understanding Dyslexia
Recognising the dyslexic pupil.
• Using positive reinforcement.
• Introducing learning techniques.
• Study skills.
Overcoming the Horrors of Homework and Revision
• Strategies for dyslexic pupils.
• Setting positive, productive homework.
• Homework alternatives.
• Active classroom revision.
• Examination skills.
Motivation and Success
• Target setting.
• Differentiated tasks.
• Communication with parents, special needs teachers, learning support.
11:15Coffee15:45Evaluation and close of course
Providing Practical Skills
• Proof reading.
• Story and essay planning.
• Reading skills.
• Spelling strategies.
• Handwriting.


John has been involved in literacy teaching for many years, ever since he found that an 11 year old - who had truanted from his class - couldn’t read. He has since reviewed Literacy research for the Times Education Supplement and spent 10 years in charge of a reading and language development centre. John has led a series of seminars for the Reading Association’s annual conference and contributed regularly to Dyslexia Action conferences for teachers and psychologists.

He is a registered Ofsted inspector and his first book, The Literacy File, was joint winner of the Donald Moyle Award. He aims to help pupils adjust their thinking to make a significant impact and follows this up with simple and enjoyable activities that help pupils tune into the way print works in English. John also offers follow up support to attendees of this course, pro bono publico, via the internet or in person.

Suitable for: 
Preparatory/Primary, Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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