February 2017 Newsletter

This month we conducted a series of interviews to gather feedback on the Coursera MOOC Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing. Many thanks to those of you who participated.

Overall, feedback was extremely complementary, especially for the strength of the science-based theory that is so important to getting to grips with the complexity of the subject.

There is good reason to suggest that a second MOOC be created, perhaps geared more towards giving practical advice and tactical solutions to teachers and parents. We shall see.

For organisations who want to create their own version of the course in English or in another language, the survey will also serve as an important document.

One participant mentioned the need to put more emphasis on the up sides of dyslexia. On that note then, please take a look at John Stein’s video below on the gift of dyslexia…

Inclusion – as relevant as ever?

Nearly 30 years on from Mary Warnock’s ground-breaking report*,there is still a lot of discussion on the topic of ‘inclusion’ and its importance in terms of school teachers managing classes where their students of mixed abilities but also specific learning challenges – the deaf, the blind, mentally impaired, those with downs syndrome, cerebral palsy etc.

The school in the video below demonstrates how, with a committed senior management/teaching team, inclusion can work well real time.

* Warnock later modified her views from a more idealistic stance, since in practical terms there seems to be no one format for effective inclusion.

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