Dyslexia-friendly classrooms: Top 40 Tips

Teaching to meet the needs of students with dyslexic tendencies is as close as it might be possible to get to a ‘no-brainer’ at Wellacre. Here, our SENCO Michelle Keating describes her quick wins to help ensure that your lessons are as Dyslexia friendly and fully inclusive as possible.

  1. Pastel-coloured paper for photocopied work sheets and for students to work on and stick into white paged exercise books
  2. Use of coloured overlays for text books or reading resources
  3. Lots of praise
  4. Use of simple language
  5. Limited examples of extended writing tasks in exercise books
  6. Sentence stems, word banks on desks – ideally personal ones created by the students themselves for each subject/topic – high frequency word spellings
  7. Be imaginative in the ways students record their work – writing frames, mind maps, story board, voice recording, video recording, photos, role-plays, powerpoint presentations, interviews, use of illustrations, enlarged text, broken up text – boxed off/bullet points
  8. Multi-sensory lesson delivery
  9. Use of ICT where appropriate – to type up work, to use powerpoint etc
  10. WAGOLLs
  11. Opportunities for class discussion
  12. Collaborative learning tasks/peer support
  13. Visual prompts and cues used
  14. No copying out from books/sheets/boards
  15. Instructions (written and verbal) broken down into managable chunks and repeated
  16. Differentiation by questioning, time, support, resource, outcome
  17. Clear structured directions/instructions given
  18. Homework written into planners for them and on SMHW – and differentiated
  19. No white backgrounds on PowerPoint slides
  20. Keep oral instructions brief and clear
  21. Revise and review previously taught skills at frequent intervals
  22. Raise self-esteem and confidence with lots of praise and encouragement.
  23. Number squares
  24. Avoid black markers on a white board
  25. Textbook extracts copied onto pastel paper and enlarged
  26. Highlighters and Post-Its readily available
  27. Pen and pencil grips
  28. Dotted paper
  29. Squared paper
  30. Plain paper
  31. Lined paper
  32. Allow the use of a scribe where appropriate, especially for copying anything important
  33. Make use of audio-visual aids
  34. Associate text with an image.
  35. Subject-specific dictionaries
  36. Dyslexia-friendly text books
  37. Dyslexia-friendly dictionaries available eg, ACE dictionaries.
  38. Well labelled displays and resources
  39. Use of reading partners
  40. Create a positive reading environment, with opportunities to listen to stories

We’ve been touring classrooms, taking photos that illustrate one or more of these Top 40 tips – see if you can spot yours!

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About Stacey Partridge

Assistant Principal responsible for Teaching & Learning and CPD, Stem, Transition & primary liaison. Applied Learning Quality Nominee, CEIAG, Prince's Trust and SMSC. Wellacre Academy Flixton, Greater Manchester
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