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Dyslexia starter kit: Teaching and learning resources

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Teaching and learning resources

Resources for teaching and learning to support learners with dyslexia in post-16 learning need to be selected with care. An overview of different approaches and a thorough general introduction to dyslexia and how it affects achievement in English and maths post-16 can be found in A Framework for Understanding Dyslexia (2004).

Another helpful publication is Access for All: Guidance in making the adult literacy and numeracy core curricula accessible (2002), which is an excellent source of practical teaching suggestions to help dyslexic learners. Note that Access for All is also available in the context of the adult core curriculum.

However, resources that support effective practice in teaching learners with dyslexia have been developed over the last few years with two key national developments:

  • Embedded learning materials (2005-2006)
    This is an extensive collection of materials demonstrating how the teaching of English and maths can be integrated into the teaching of a range of vocational and other programmes of learning. Each teaching activity has substantial notes including significant ideas for working with dyslexic learners. 
  • Supporting dyslexic learners in different contexts (2006-2007)
    This online CPD programme has an awareness-raising element with a large number of modules giving guidance and ideas for supporting dyslexic learners in FE, ACL, embedded learning, offender settings and workplace settings. (Please note: you'll need to log in using your Excellence Gateway username and password to be able to access these resources.)

These two developments were supplemented by two further resources to support teaching and learning:

  • The video snapshots
    These video clips are designed for use with the CPD programme, Supporting dyslexic learners in different contexts, and demonstrate good practice in supporting dyslexic learners.
  • Supporting dyslexic learners in different contexts module
    This substantial pack has a wide range of useful ideas for supporting learning. Whilst it is in the context of embedded learning, the good practice ideas have a wide applicability for teachers working with dyslexic learners.

Information about a range of other resources to support teaching and learning is available on the following websites: