The Dyslexia Starter Kit aims to help you review your provision for dyslexic learners, or to help less experienced providers develop dyslexia support from scratch by:
- Supporting developments that will improve the quality of your dyslexia support offer;
- Enhancing consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion; and
- Improving learner achievement.
The kit focuses on dyslexia as described in the Skills for Life strategy of 2001, through Access for All (2002) and A Framework for Understanding Dyslexia (2004).
The starter kit is organised into different sections. You can look at the sections in order or go straight to the ones that interest you most. There is also a self-assessment checklist to help you take stock of the situation in your organisation so that you can decide on areas for development in order to provide dyslexia support to learners.
Starter kit resources
You can use the Dyslexia self-assessment checklist to think about a whole organisation approach to dyslexia support and start to think about your priorities and any actions to take forward.
Alternatively, you can go straight to the sections below to find relevant resources.
Teachers will find resources and teaching ideas in Sections 4 and 5.
- Section 1: Introduction – definitions and characteristics of dyslexia
- Section 2: Policy and background (including the Equality Act 2010 and reasonable adjustments)
- Section 3: Research background
- Section 4: Planning provision
- Section 5: Assessment
- Section 6: Resources for assessment, teaching and learning
- Section 7: Developing staff skills – awareness-raising and CPD
How does the starter kit help me?
The starter kit will help teachers and providers to address challenges by:
- Significantly increasing the number of dyslexic adult learners identified and supported;
- Helping to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for people with dyslexia;
- Providing information with regard to screening and assessment issues;
- Promoting whole organisation approaches to dyslexia support for people in different settings and contexts, such as those following academic, vocational or community courses, those developing employability skills and offenders;
- Providing links to online CPD materials for teachers and support staff;
- Providing information about research and legislation; and
- Highlighting multisensory teaching and learning approaches to support dyslexic learners.