The first guide of its kind written specifically for trainee and newly qualified teachers, this standards-based text explores the needs of dyslexic learners in mainstream secondary schools. In light of the current dyslexia-friendly schools initiative, it looks at organisational-level support for dyslexic children, together with pragmatic strategies which teachers can use to support children's cross-curricular learning. Further, it includes case studies and practical tasks to build readers' confidence in supporting Specific Learning Difficulties, as well as a range of coping strategies and practical advice, based upon the authors' experience of working with dyslexic learners in different contexts over many years.

Definitions and Theories. What Is Dyslexia?

Definitions and theories. What is dyslexia?

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should:

  • have begun to develop a reflexive approach to your activities within the classroom;
  • be able to justify your choice of the most appropriate approaches for the dyslexia-friendly classroom;
  • be provided with some research-based answers to these questions.
    • What is dyslexia?
    • What causes dyslexia?
    • How might knowledge gained from research affect what I do in my classroom?

This chapter addresses the following Professional Standards for QTS and Core:

Q18, C18


Most experienced – or hardened – teachers will admit, when pressed, that they struggled through their teaching placement, and often the first year of teaching, living only to sleep and wonder if things would ever get any easier. Luckily for teachers, and for our children, they ...

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