Exhibition to support pupils with dyslexia

An exhibition of work by pupils from schools in South Ayrshire which highlights their efforts to support other pupils with dyslexia will be launched at Carnegie Library on 27 February 2013.

The exhibition will focus on how schools have worked to change attitudes and perceptions of dyslexia over the past two years, in the classroom and beyond, as part of the Council’s Dyslexia Friendly Schools (DFS) project and showcases the success stories where children and young people have taken the lead on the project.

The DFS project has been led by Margaret Crankshaw, an educational psychologist who developed a bronze, silver and gold award scheme for the delivery of teaching excellence and dyslexic pupil support in primary schools.

Margaret is now working with six South Ayrshire secondary schools, to develop an accreditation scheme for secondary schools and to pilot a similar award scheme.

Speaking in advance of the launch, Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: ““I am immensely proud of the work being delivered by the Dyslexia Friendly School project and really admire the way our young pupils have taken the lead in delivering it in our schools.

“The initiative has also been attracting national attention and we recently had a visit from Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Sciences and Scotland’s languages, who was especially impressed with the way the pupils had taken ownership of the project and how they supported their peers.”

The DFS project has been enthusiastically supported by Dyslexia Scotland who have confirmed that their Chief Executive Cathy Magee and Dyslexia Scotland Ambassador Paul McNeill will be there for the launch.

Councillor Toner concluded: “I’m confident this superb exhibition will be of interest to all children and young people in South Ayrshire, their parents, staff and public as it clearly shows all the excellent and progressive work going on in our schools to support pupils with dyslexia.”

“I’m also sure it will attract the attention of specialists and those with an interest in how pupils with dyslexia can enjoy a full and included role in school life, giving them the best foundation for a successful and rewarding future in life, with an excellent and tailored education fully focused on their strengths.”

The Dyslexia Friendly Schools Exhibition opens at 2pm on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at Carnegie Library, Ayr and will remain open until 22 March 2013.