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At Overdale Junior School we recognise that many apparent learning difficulties may actually turn out to be learning differences which can be minimalised or overcome by a change in teaching approach.

We have adopted a wide range of dyslexia friendly strategies - more information is available in our Dyslexia Friendly Policy (below) and Dyslexia Friendly School statement.

What is dyslexia?

The British Dyslexia Association's definition (1999):

"Dyslexia is best described as a combination of abilities and difficulties which affect the learning process in one of more of reading, spelling, and writing. Accompanying weaknesses may be identified in areas of speed of processing, short-term memory, sequencing, auditory and/or visual perception, spoken language and motor skills. It is particularly related to mastering and using written language, which may include alphabetic, numeric and musical notations."

Some children have outstanding creative skills; others have strong oral skills. Dyslexia occurs despite normal teaching, and is independent of socio-economic background or intelligence. It is, however, more easily detected in those with average or above average intelligence.

For more information on dyslexia visit the British Dyslexia Association website