The special educational needs support service (SENSS) works with schools in Staffordshire. We aim to help them achieve 'dyslexia friendly’ school status.
SENSS and the British Dyslexia Association have developed this initiative. It uses evidence that many children are successful if taught using dyslexia friendly methods.
We encourage schools to become dyslexia friendly schools. This is part of an on-going training programme within Staffordshire.
What is the British Dyslexia Association Quality Mark?
In recognition of all the work undertaken by school staff and the SENSS team, the BDA awarded Staffordshire their own Quality Mark. They renewed this in 2010. The BDA commended us on our commitment and quality of support for schools. Staffordshire was one of the first few Local Authorities to gain this award.
We now advise staff in other authorities on the process. Schools that achieve full status are entitled to use the Staffordshire Dyslexia Quality Mark.
Dyslexia Friendly Schools: Level One
To date, 208 schools have Level One Dyslexia Friendly Status. The award is valid for three years. After this schools must re-visit their action plan. They would produce a new one if necessary (Dyslexia Friendly Renewal). Or they could complete the action plan and apply for Full Dyslexia Friendly Status.
Dyslexia Friendly Schools: Full Status
Currently, 57 schools have been awarded the Staffordshire Dyslexia Friendly Full Status Quality Mark. As for the level one process, the full status is valid for three years after which time the school needs to re-apply for the award.
Please see the frequently asked questions page for further information.