Appleford School in Shrewton, a day and boarding school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties have just celebrated their ‘Citizenship Day.’
Organised by teacher Mr Bawden, this special day has been an annual event since 2003 and the children get a chance to meet people who dedicate their life to the caring of others and learn exciting new skills. He explained:
Appleford, a specialist school for children with dyslexia or dyspraxia, has high aims for its pupils.
The first thing you notice about Appleford School, in Shrewton is the amount of smiling faces from both pupils and staff. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly, a feeling which is compounded by its new Headmistress Lesley Nell. "We are a close knit school community,” she says, “offering specialist education to dyslexic students. Our whole school approach to dyslexia is to restore confidence, unlocking and developing the individual skills and talents of the children.”
Appleford School has come up with a special way to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs this week from 1st – 7th November.
To raise awareness, the pupils have taken part in a unique project. Each pupil has written on a piece of card expressing what being dyslexic means to them and these have been tied with a
This year has been particularly special with the day coinciding with Dyspraxia Awareness Week. To mark this event each of the pupils released a red balloon, with a label asking to be returned to the school. This caused excitement with the pupils as they had heard that in the past these have been found as far away as the coast of France.
Parents of children with Dyspraxia can obtain a free Fact Sheet on the condition during Dyspraxia Awareness Week (10th – 17th October 2009).
Up to one in 10 children could have Dyspraxia, says one of the UK’s foremost authorities. The condition is also known as "developmental co-ordination disorder" or "clumsy child syndrome".
Appleford School starts the new school year by welcoming its new head, former Scotland lacrosse star Lesley Nell.
Lesley has played international level lacrosse for Scotland and was a member of the GB training squad. She was also a member of the East of England lacrosse team.
Learning Disability Week runs from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th June and is a national campaign by Mencap. It provides a great chance to raise awareness about the issues that are important to people with learning disabilities and those of their families and carers. To coincide with Learning Disability Week, Dr Peter Gardner, one of the UK’s foremost authorities on dyslexia, has launched a free factsheet for parents called “Getting Help for Your Special Needs Child”.
“The parents of many children with special educational needs are unaware of their rights when it comes to educational provision” says Dr Peter Gardner, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Founder Director of Appleford School in Shrewton, Wiltshire (one of the country’s leading schools for children with dyslexia).
18th-22nd May has been designated as "Xtraordinary Week". The aim is to raise awareness, and focus on the strengths and talents, of dyslexic children everywhere.
To coincide with the awareness week I have written a free Fact Sheet on Dyslexia which provides information about the condition.
Children who have dyslexia can have problems with reading, writing or spelling. It is believed that one in 10 children have some form of dyslexia, which is Greek for "difficulty with words".
Parents naturally want the best for their children. They know that good literacy skills are the building blocks to educational success and a satisfying career. But many parents are in the dark about their child's special educational needs and how best to help them.