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Survey: Parents want dyslexia teacher training

28/06/2012 Joanna
Primary and secondary school teachers should be offered better training to help them support dyslexic pupils, a survey of parents has revealed.

More than 450 parents who have dyslexic children were questioned by YouGov on behalf of the Dyslexia Action charity, and 89 per cent said that people in teaching jobs need more training to deal with the learning difficulty.

Of those surveyed for the study, 56 per cent said that they felt dyslexia was not given the attention that it requires.

According to the charity, the findings demonstrate the need for a nationwide Dyslexia and Literacy Strategy – something which could be included in the proposed reforms of Special Educational Needs currently being discussed.

Dr John Rack, head of research, development and policy at Dyslexia Action, said that while there are many examples of excellent practice in schools across the UK, there is lots of work to be done before this becomes widespread.

His views were echoed by Kevin Geeson, the charity's chief executive officer, who said: "We now have opportunity to make a real difference to the educational outcomes of thousands of children and the overall literacy attainment levels of whole schools as a result."ADNFCR-2164-ID-801395871-ADNFCR
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