Dyslexia & Learning

Dyslexia & Learning

An independent investigation into the available support
for students, parents, teachers, and schools to assist
students with dyslexia.


Turn on what this page might look like in some forms of dyslexia.

It is thought that 10 percent of the population have it.

Some say it is a gift.

Others a disability. Others an affliction.

It has no prejudice. It ignores race, gender, and mental ability. It can affect anyone within the population, and it wrecks havoc with those trying to learn to read and write. It is most prevalent within English learners, but can also

exist for those in other languages.

“What does DNA stand for?” One of my favourite jokes, because it makes so much sense. The punch line:

“National Dyslexics Association”.

Ever since reading this one, I’ve committed it to memory and used it on many occasions to pass the time. Ever since reading it though, it has sparked a curiosity into what a dyslexia is and what a ‘National Dyslexics Association’ might do. The picture in my head looks more or less like an AA meeting in some kind of office or church basement, getting support and encouragement by others with the same gift, disability, or affliction - however you wish to see it.

Reading. Writing. Spelling. As a teacher I have seen many students struggle with these day in day out. Naturally, we question why in order to begin to understand and help students to achieve in learning language. When we consider the ten percent statistic, and apply that to a classroom, or a school, the potential impact that Dyslexia and other learning difficulties has on learning is huge.

Furthermore, the statistic on learning disabilities exasperates this. It is said that one in five students have a learning disability such as Dyslexia. This covers a wide range, such as Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Language Processing Disorder, and Auditory Processing Disorder.

In a class of 29, we can therefore expect that up to 6 students might have a learning disability of some description.

In a syndicate of four classes of 29 students, up to 23 students might have a learning disability. That’s almost an entire class.

In a school of 250 students, an entire class would have Dyslexia alone, and 50 students would have a learning disability like it.

That is a huge impact on schools and teachers. An impact that has not been realised fully (or maybe has not been acknowledged).  What support is there for teachers with students who struggle with reading and/or writing because of learning disabilities such as Dyslexia? What support can students receive? What avenues are available for parents to take to help assist their child with dyslexia? What is the Ministry of Education doing in regards to supporting teachers and schools with dyslexia and other learning disabilities? What role do other agencies provide in supporting students who struggle with this barrier in their learning?

All of these questions are the foundation of this investigation, as I look into the avenues available to those who have Dyslexia, and those who support them in their education. I have spoken informally with a number of agencies and the various roles they play in the life of a student who has Dyslexia, and received some very interesting information around these very questions. Some of my findings might surprise you, though those with a more cynical persuasion may not find them surprising, but more confirming what you expected all along.

Finally, we want to leave you with some practical steps, tools, ideas, and resources that we know work for students who suffer with Dyslexia. We have collected a range of different things that will assist students to learn with, and learn through Dyslexia, and have made them as simple and easy to use for you. As busy classroom teachers ourselves, we know how much you just want something you can put in place immediately so students with this disability can reach their full potential in learning.


Turn on what this page might look like in some forms of dyslexia.

(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)