West Sussex County Council has just been awarded a prestigious Quality Mark for being a ‘dyslexia friendly’ local authority through a scheme organized by the British Dyslexia Association.
To gain the award the County Council had to meet a rigorous set of standards relating to leadership and management, teaching and learning, classroom environment and partnership and liaison with parents, carers, governors and others.
Work towards the award has also involved a number of schools being named as ‘dyslexia friendly schools’. 22 schools from the Horsham area have already achieved this title with a further 37 from other areas of the county well on their way.
Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Robert Dunn - "It’s vital that schools know how to identify and support pupils who may be dyslexic. I am pleased that a number of schools in West Sussex are already getting involved with this scheme and I hope to see more taking part in the future."
Advisory teachers from the county’s Inclusion Support Team and members of the Educational Psychology Service have been working with schools for just over a year to help them complete basic training on dyslexia.
All participating schools have to meet a range of standards relating to policy, identification and assessment, teaching and learning and working with pupils and parents.
Professor Susan Tresman, Chief Executive of the British Dyslexia Association, praised the work being undertaken by West Sussex County Council on a recent visit to the county.