Drive for Literacy

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Dyslexia, affecting up to 1 in 10 children, is often misunderstood and sidelined in many of our schools. Chances are you know someone with dyslexia, but what you may not realise is that 1 in 4 children fail to master the basics of writing at the end of primary school and for reading this is 1 in 9, having a life long impact for some.

Drive for Literacy is a collaborative project between Driver Youth Trust and Ark Schools. ARK Rose Primary Academy uses Drive for Literacy to provide teachers with the skills that will allow them to spot the signs of dyslexia and ensure that our pupils receive the support that they need.

The majority of ARK School pupils will learn to read and spell through the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, however, there are a proportion of pupils (nationally up to 10%) for whom reading and spelling accurately and fluently poses a problem – pupils with dyslexia. The Drive for Literacy programme ensures that dyslexia screening and identification of literacy difficulties takes place and is addressed as soon as possible.

The programme is built around three core principles:

  • Equal Access. Create an environment where all children are able to learn in spite of their difficulties.
  • Dyslexia. Understand what dyslexia is and see merit in addressing its impact on individuals.
  • Teaching. Good teaching practice that supports dyslexics benefits all.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the Drive for Literacy website.