Two schools have been honoured for their work supporting pupils with literacy problems.
Bailey Green Primary School, in Killingworth, and Wallsend’s Denbigh Community Primary School have been presented with the North Tyneside ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ award.
We believe that our dyslexic pupils should be able to achieve their full potential in a supportive and positive learning environmentDiane Rodgerson, inclusion manager at Denbigh Community Primary School
They have been presented with their plaques by Mayor Norma Redfearn following their work over the past year.
The award has been developed by the North Tyneside Dyslexia Team, a team of specialist teachers who are trained to assess and teach children who have specific difficulties with literacy skills.
Mary MacKenzie, team leader of the North Tyneside Dyslexia Team, said: “One of the exciting things about this second phase of the award has been the collaboration between schools who are sharing good practice and ideas.
“It is evident that the teaching of all pupils has been enhanced in these schools, not just those who have dyslexia.”
Diane Rodgerson, inclusion manager at Denbigh Community Primary School, said: “We believe that our dyslexic pupils should be able to achieve their full potential in a supportive and positive learning environment.
“The Dyslexia Friendly School award has been a valuable process which has helped us to support our dyslexic students more effectively.
“All teaching staff have received training to further enhance their knowledge of dyslexia and how to create a Dyslexia Friendly Classroom. Dyslexia friendly teaching strategies have been embedded in all classrooms which have benefited all pupils.”
Jan Briggs, Key Stage One Manager at Bailey Green Primary School, added: “The process over the last year has been a very positive one.
“All our staff are now trained in recognising signs of dyslexia and we have all benefited from the support of our Local Authority Dyslexia Team.
“We are also grateful to our governing body and parents, who have been on board from the start.
“Although rigorous, the award process has clarified that the inclusive education we provide at Bailey Green caters for every child and allows them all to succeed.”