Free online training to help bridge the dyslexic education gap

A new report from the charity Made By Dyslexia reveals that only one in 10 teachers have a good understanding of dyslexic issues.

The School Report’s findings are drawn from a survey of more than 12,000 teachers and parents in various educational settings in 102 countries.

He finds that dyslexic challenges are not understood in more than half of schools around the world. Indeed, 80% of dyslexics leave UK schools undiagnosed, according to a 2019 report by the all-party parliamentary group on the issue.

Other statistics highlighting the seriousness of the problem in the UK include:

  • More than half of inmates in the UK prison system are dyslexic
  • 65% of children screened in a London pupil referral unit were dyslexic
  • Children with special educational needs like dyslexia are seven times more likely to be excluded from school

As a result, Made By Dyslexia – founded and run by dyslexics – is launching a ‘Learn Dyslexia’ campaign, with schools being urged to allow teachers to #takeadayfordyslexia and use it to deliver free online training in partnership with Microsoft .

The collaboration offers three free training courses – on awareness, teaching, dyslexia and technology – with more to be launched next year.

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“Understanding and knowing how to spot, support and advocate for dyslexic thinkers at any age is vital,” said Paige Johnson, vice president of educational marketing at Microsoft.

“By providing accessible, free, and informative training focused on dyslexia in partnership with Made By Dyslexia, we hope to begin to see a more inclusive world that embraces those who think differently.

“We’re excited to launch the new Dyslexia and Technology Focused Training Module, to help people understand the free tools available to support and develop the skills of dyslexic thinkers.”

From the archives: In 2018, we shared how Microsoft became the first company in the world to sign the Made By Dyslexia pledge to help students with dyslexia.

Johnson’s words were echoed by Kate Griggs, CEO and Founder of Made By Dyslexia.

“We’ve known how to support dyslexia for decades, and we know that without support these kids go into a spiral of failure, but nothing has been done,” she said.

“However, there is a very simple solution to this big problem; we need to train all teachers to identify, support and empower students with dyslexia, who are in every classroom around the world. And we have to do it quickly.

The charity also points out that dyslexic thinking can be a benefit in itself, with participants in the apprenticeship program at GCHQ – the UK’s intelligence hub – being four times more likely to be dyslexic than programs in other organizations.

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