We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and students who contributed to Dyslexia Awareness Week. A number of resources, activities and ideas were shared with teachers to explore with their students. Some of the students really took their creativity to another level, look out for Ebba’s Dancing for Dyslexia video.
World Mental Health Day
Thursday 10th October also saw World Mental Health Day, Ebba decided to incorporate the two events as she fully understands and appreciates the challenges some students face when studying with specific learning needs such as dyslexia, and the impact this can have on a student’s wellbeing. Ebba decided to combine her awareness and embrace the challenges by encouraging students and staff to Dance for Dyslexia.
A Safe Learning Environment
What we realised during the week, as a student support team, is that SIS is Dyslexia Aware and beyond that SIS also provides an environment where students with these specific needs can flourish. The overwhelming feedback from our students was that they feel safe in their learning environments, helped by their teachers’ understanding and accommodations of their needs. The discussions between students demonstrated shared experiences, their hopes, fears and the feeling of belonging; it also confirmed what we already knew their resilience and use of humour to overcome those more challenging days! We hope to further capture this with another short documentary to be completed by the students themselves.
After half term, we will be welcoming a dyslexia specialist, from the UK to school to work alongside some of our students offering advice and guidance on ways we can best support our students. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact one of the student support team.
British Dyslexia Association
With the students’ endorsement and the support of the whole school, we are also investigating applying for the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark, awarded by the British Dyslexia Association. If you are interested in supporting us with this and forming part of a working party, we would like to hear from you; students, staff and parents are all welcome.
As always, we remain mindful that there is always room for improvement.
SIS Student Support Team