#10 there it is

Here’s my son. He’s eleven years old, At the age of 9 he had a reading age of 15 but his teacher labelled him dyslexic. His handwriting was, and still is, many years below his actual age. His comprehension is many years above. In the world that I occupy, without benefactors or family money and connections, he is in a mainstream school, getting detentions for not handing in homework that is up to standard. I know people who have children who are incredibly similar in their educational needs to my son but who have access to money… their children are in private education, having been assessed as needing extra support… they then went on to pay up to and over £3000 per term to get their children that support.

What I want to know is why this level of help isn’t available to people without money whose children are arguably more intelligent yet lacking the physical support? In a fair world every child with an extra educational need would have their needs met. But we all know that we don’t live in fair world, don’t we?

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12 thoughts on “#10 there it is

  1. I work as an English teacher. You will not be surprised to learn that the most likely reason your son is experiencing friction within the gears of the secondary schooling institution is simply that his teacher is overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with the need to meet targets, to mark books, to differentiate for every child in every class, and to deliver lessons that fit OFSTED standards. In short, the system (particularly as experienced in a subject with a massive workload) almost guarantees that teachers do not have the time, or means to address the needs of each student.
    My advice would be to direct an email to his English teacher, asking that homework could be streamlined/adapted, perhaps more of a project-style homework to be completed each term?
    Also, write to the Head of Year, ccing the Headteacher, politely but firmly ascertaining that the school sufficiently understands the way a dyslexic child learns. Ask that you receive written confirmation that every one of your child’s teachers recognises his need.

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