Individual schools can apply for the Quality Mark. Becoming a dyslexia friendly school requires a review of the implementation of major whole school policies, especially:
- Teaching and learning.
- Monitoring and assessment.
- Differentiation and inclusion.
The issue then becomes one of how these policies are monitored, evaluated and reviewed to ensure top quality learning right across the range of ability and need. The criteria fall into four discrete areas and are designed to be a balance of validating existing good practice. It also challenges those practices which may be less helpful.
What is the quality of the leadership and management?
What is the quality of learning?
How well does the organisation create a climate for learning?
Partnership (e.g. links with other organisations and interested parties, including parents to meet the needs of learners)
Under each of the above headings are the individual criteria that must be achieved in order to demonstrate that the standard for a Dyslexia Friendly School has been met.
Please click here to download the full Quality Mark for Individual Schools pack.
It should be noted that the award of the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark does not imply that a school is a Dyslexia Specialist School (please see CReSTed for a register of schools established primarily to teach pupils with Dyslexia, listed as Dyslexia Specialist Provision/DSP schools).