Three borough schools have been presented with awards in recognition of their work to support pupils with dyslexia.
Holystone Primary, Preston Grange Primary and Whitley Lodge First schools have all gained North Tyneside Council’s own ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ award.
The trio of schools, which have worked towards the award for at least a year, were presented with certificates by Mayor Norma Redfearn.
The ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ project has been devised to suit the needs of local schools, and aims to develop a whole-school ethos which enables all pupils to achieve their potential.
Classroom practices are developed so that pupils can learn more effectively and promoting the use of targeted support and resources to address individual pupils’ needs.
Cathy Burgess, special needs co-ordinator at Holystone Primary School, said: “Working towards the award has helped the staff to adapt their classrooms and make them more aware of the issues which pupils have.
“As a school, we have developed an increasing awareness of the small changes you can make which make a big difference for many children and benefit all of them.”
Rachel Minto, special needs co-ordinator at Preston Grange Primary, added: “What resonates for me personally is the dyslexia team’s comment that what benefits the dyslexic pupil is excellent for all pupils. I have built this into my everyday practice.”
Mandy Elkin, special needs co-ordinator at Whitley Lodge First School, said: “We are delighted to receive an award that acknowledges the commitment of the staff to providing an inclusive curriculum which meets the needs of all our pupils.”
Three schools have already signed up to begin the award programme in September.