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At Whitehall we are fully committed to ensuring that we give the best possible opportunities to all of our children. In July 2016 we are working towards gaining the Dyslexia Friendly School status and this will need to be renewed every three years. A dyslexia friendly school is a school that is able to identify and respond to the difficulties that a dyslexic learner may encounter and ensure their needs are met.

At Whitehall, we recognise dyslexia as a specific learning difference and place it on the continuum of learning styles and preferences. We are committed to ensure that if children do not learn the way we teach, we will teach the way they learn, actively developing our experiences and the body of research available. Quality first teaching will build on the strengths of our children and minimize their weaknesses, enabling them to achieve their full potential.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difference which is constitutional in origin, independent of socio-economic or language background and can occur at any level of intellectual ability. It can cause unexpected difficulties in acquiring certain skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Sometimes numeracy or spoken language.

Similarly, there are accompanying weaknesses which may be identified in the following areas:

  • Speed of processing
  • Short term memory
  • Sequencing
  • Auditory and/or visual perception
  • Motor skills.

Please use the following link to access the Dyslexia Website for more information


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