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Posted by on Nov 13, 2007 in At TMV | 1 comment

Children’s Severe Literacy Problem: ‘Revolutionary Scheme’ Offers Hope


Helping slow learners in a school is a worldwide challenge. Now an education charity, which has the enthusiastic backing of the British Dyslexia Association, has achieved a 90 per cent success rate in returning children with severe literacy problems to mainstream classrooms, reports The Independent.

“The revolutionary scheme is being used in a dozen schools in Manchester and London, and the plan is now to set the scheme up in 10 other inner-city areas – bringing a lifeline to around 10,000 children suffering from dyslexia and other difficulties with reading and writing.

“Experts say there would be no shortage of volunteers for the programme, with estimates putting the number of dyslexic pupils in state schools at more than 300,000. In addition, national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds show around 120,000 youngsters a year leave primary school failing to reach the required standard in English. A recent survey by the National Union of Teachers showed the majority of teachers (77 per cent) believe they are not well enough trained to teach dyslexic pupils.

“Dyslexia is thought to be neurological in origin although there is also growing evidence of a genetic link. Tens of thousands of parents have only realised that their child may suffer from the condition when he or she falls behind in school. The Springboard project, which has also transformed the reading and writing skills of non-dyslexic children suffering severe literacy problems, relies on intense one-on-one tuition for up to two years, during which a host of innovative techniques are employed to improve the child’s skills.

“The scheme strips away the fear and stigma, to the extent that children at the unit are proud enough of their achievements to have their photographs taken while learning in it.”

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  • domajot

    I fon’t know what to make of the fact that conditions like dyslexia, autism and ADD are rising..
    Part of it is increased awareness and the subsequent increase in diagnoses. It used to be that these children just fell by the wayside and were dismissed as failures, of course. Part of it also that parents with porblem children want such a diagnosis, because it qualifies them for special education and treatment programs.
    I don’t think that account for all of the rising statistics, though. Coupled with other trends, like the rise in women’s productive complications, I keep thinking that something about the way modern man lives is contributing.
    Chemicals in the food chain? Pollution of all sorts? Something that is present and different now from the past seems indicated.

    It’s a big problem, and anything that works, like the program described here, is welcome news.

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