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Creating a dyslexia friendly school

All education institutions have to work within the legal framework of The SEND Code of Practice and should be working to ensure that their students with special educational needs are well supported.

However, we believe that working to create an environment in which children with additional educational needs can thrive will have a positive impact on all students.

BDA Dyslexia friendly school awards

There are two BDA awards for schools designed to recognise and celebrate best practice in supporting students with dyslexia.

  • The Literacy Leap Certification Framework - Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards - Primary schools
  • The BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark Award for Schools - Primary and Secondary schools

Our awards have been developed by educationalists and specialists within the field of SEND alongside parents and grandparents of dyslexic children.

Which award?

Our Literacy Leap awards are progressive - all Bronze level requirements will need to be met before moving on to the Silver award. However, each of the awards can be accessed at any time, for example, you may wish to go straight for the Gold award, and you will need to demonstrate that you have met the criteria for the Silver and Bronze awards.

Alternatively, you may decide that the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark Award is a more fitting challenge for your school and you can apply directly to undertake this award.

Literacy Leap

  • Bronze Award: Awareness for all teachers and support staff
  • Silver Award: Identification of dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties
  • Gold Award: Successful interventions and leadership

Each award comes with an audit document designed to help you review each of the criteria that make up the award and rate your current position. This will help you quantify what you already have in place and areas that need further development.

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BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark

This is a whole school award of nationally recognised dyslexia friendly good practice focusing on:

  • Leadership and management
  • Quality of learning
  • The learning environment
  • Partnerships

The award ensures that all in the school have a good knowledge of the needs of the dyslexic individual and a range of school wide strategies to support those needs.

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