Important new independent report
Education Scotland has published a report today, Making Sense: Education for Children and Young People with Dyslexia in Scotland.
This report is the outcome of an independent review of education for children and young people who have dyslexia which has been carried out on behalf of the Scottish Government. The review covered the experiences of learners in primary, secondary and special schools. It also looked into the provision made by local authorities and at the programmes of initial teacher education currently offered by universities in Scotland.
The report identifies that although there have been improvements in practice since the last review in 2008, there is still inconsistency and variability in practice. It also shows that young people with dyslexia attain significantly less well than their peers who do not have additional support needs.
The report contains a number of important recommendations that aim to address these inequalities. It is crucial that the recommendations are acted upon, to ensure that all children and young people with dyslexia are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, wherever they go to school.
The free online Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit is a vital resource for all teachers, schools and local authorities as well as being a useful tool for discussions with parents, children and young people, but we also welcome the recommendation for a comprehensive dyslexia professional learning package to increase teachers’ capacity to support pupils with dyslexia.
Click here for Education Scotland’s press release about the report.