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Additional Learning


At Penkford School, we recognise that while our students each have a statement of educational needs for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, they may also have additional specific learning difficulties which prevent them from making the progress needed for academic success.

A high proportion of our students display dyslexic difficulties.

The Rose Review (2009) recognised that dyslexia as a specific learning difficulty exists and that professional expertise should be used to identify those students who have dyslexia and develop effective ways to help learners overcome its effects. The review constructed the following working definition of dyslexia and its characteristics:

 Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading andspelling.

Characteristic Features of Dyslexia 

Difficulties in:

  • Phonological awareness.
  • Verbal memory.
  • Verbal processing speed.

Facts About Dyslexia

  • Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.
  • It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points.
  • Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.

What We Do

At Penkford School, we closely monitor and assess our students to identify those who we think may have dyslexic difficulties so that the most appropriate interventions can be put into place. 1:1 interventions are available to those students most in need. These take place on a weekly basis and follow The Hickey Multi-Sensory Language Course. Intervention and pupils' progress are recorded as:

A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well founded intervention. (Rose 2009)

As a school we take a holistic approach to dyslexia, not only as a specific learning difficulty but also as a learning difference as those students affected respond well to a range of learning styles, namely multi-sensory, kinaesthetic, ‘hands on learning’. As a result, all our students enjoy a curriculum which is modified and mind friendly, making it appropriate to their individual needs. Our staff work hard to deliver work creatively and to allow students to record their work using methods such as mind maps, writing frames, power point presentations and other forms of technology.

Useful Web Links

British Dyslexia Association (BDA) -


Dyslexia Action -


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