Wanted: ‘dyslexia friendly’ schools for £1,000 award

Calling all Sencos and teachers working with young dyslexic people. The Iansyst Dyslexia-Friendly Best Practice Awards 2009, created to recognise and celebrate “best practice for dyslexia provision in education”, have opened for nominations. The winner gets a laptop and appropriate software worth more than £1,000.

The theme this year is ‘Celebrating the Strengths of Dyslexic Students’ and the awards will mark the second year the assistive technology specialist has organised the event. To enter teachers have to explain in 350-400, how they work to raise the awareness of dyslexia and establish a dyslexia-friendly environment at their schools.

According to last year’s winner, Suzanne Edwards, the inclusion manager at Essex’s Notley Green Primary School, “The thinking behind my school’s strategy for SpLD provision is tiny steps can equal a profound change to the quality of a dyslexic pupil’s learning, so awareness among the entire school community is imperative.

“To date, we have not explored the benefits of assistive technology for our pupils, so it is due to this, combined with my commitment and passion to raising awareness of the condition that led me to enter the Dyslexia-Friendly Best Practice Awards 2008. I am delighted to have won this year’s award and am very excited about using the technology supplied by iansyst Ltd in class with my pupils.”

The winning prize worth more than £1,000 includes a Dell laptop and a bundle of assistive technology software such as Mind Genius mind mapping software, Audio Notetaker (see John Galloway’s review), text-to-speech software ClaroRead, VeritySpell for spell checking. Two runner-ups will receive the latest Toshiba G8 mobile phone and CapturaTalk scan and speak software (reviewed here).
Entries close on Friday, December 4 with prizewinners announced on December 18.

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