These North Tyneside schools are leading the way in literacy support

Two schools in North Tyneside have renewed an award to show staff recognition of dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 12:01 pm
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 3:40 pm
The Head and staff at Bailey Green Primary School with dyslexia team professionals

The North Tyneside Dyslexia Team launched the Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ award in 2013 to recognise the extra commitment and effort made by local schools to ensure staff are equipped to recognise and support children with literacy issues.

During the past six years over ten percent of North Tyneside schools have worked to gain the benchmark.

Plaques were presented to Bailey Green and Denbigh schools by the Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, to note their hard work in achieving the award for the second time.

Diane Rodgerson, SENCo at Denbigh Primary School said,

“ The dyslexia friendly classroom toolkit has aided all pupils in school to have fairer access to learning.

“It is used not only by pupils supported by the North Tyneside Dyslexia Team, but also students who are just below the criteria for referral.”

Currently two schools new to the award are working through the process.

Mary MacKenzie, Dyslexia team leader said: “We have seen continued interest in the award from North Tyneside schools: they are keen to ensure that pupils with literacy difficulties receive effective support and are helped to apply their skills in class.

“The Team has also been able to develop the services it offers to schools in the authority.”