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The Trust, over the last two years, has collaborated with partners and stakeholders on key areas of work.  These are:

Empowering Parents and Carers

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust supported a collaborative project, 'Empowering Parents and Carers' providing valuable information, resources and support services for parents and carers. It brought together Dyslexia Action, The British Dyslexia Association, The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and Springboard for Children to share expertise. Part of the project included developing a website specifically for parents and carers, with advice and information and supporting a network of Parent Champions.

Implementation of a Literacy and Dyslexia-SpLD professional development framework to support the education workforce

We worked with our strategic partners to embed the use of this tool, with the aim that it informed and lead to actions which ensured that the additional requirements to support dyslexic students are in place across schools and Local Authorities.  We also worked with other partners, involved in the designing and delivering training to the education workforce, to assure links with the Framework. 

To use this free and comprehensive tool please go to Literacy and dyslexia-SpLD professional development framework.

Supporting Literacy through transition from Primary to Secondary School  

A Springboard for Children project which was supported by the Trust and aimed to:

  • Improve levels of literacy for tutored pupils.
  • Improve parent/carer ability to support their children.
  • Increase participation and improve skill levels of volunteers, including volunteers from the school community.
  • Develop a sustainable model and increased access to high quality support.

To view the case study, click here

Children Will Shine

A British Dyslexia Association (BDA) project, Children Will Shine provided support for children with literacy difficulties through out-of-school workshops, using tried and tested literacy materials. The workshops were run in deprived inner-city areas working with Parent Partnership services and local authorities.

The BDA continues to run the workshops. To view the case study, click here

Liverpool and Manchester Youth Intervention Programme

A British Dyslexia Association project which worked across a number of Children's Services teams and schools within Liverpool and Manchester to support young people with dyslexia who have drifted into offending behaviour.

This project led on to the current YOT Project in 2013-15 and we continue to work with Youth Offending Teams.

BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark for Schools

The Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark for schools provides a framework of good practice in teaching and learning with an integrated, whole school approach.  The criteria set within the model aims to improve standards for all children, not just dyslexic pupils.

This work continues within the BDA. To read the case study, click here

Providing professional guidance to schools and advice to parents

We have worked  to develop our parent and schools networks to provide valuable
information in the community as well as working across the sector to develop evidence based policies. 

Through collaboration we have provided a consensus opinion to feed back to government on the issues that affect our children and young people with dyslexia.  This included work with The Autism Education Trust, The Communication Trust and our colleagues across the board of SEN including NASEN, and the Council for Disabled Children to improve outcomes for our children and young people with SEN. 

Trust Report 2011-2013

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