Helpful resources for teachers (& parents)

Below are a collection of resources that could significantly improve classroom teaching for dyslexic students. Implementing some of the strategies suggested will improve attainment for all learners not just those with specific learning difficulties.

Strategies to support students with dyslexia in the classroom

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Neil Mackay's Strategies to support students with dyslexia in the classroom video

Neil Mackay on Today Tonight

Demystifying dyslexia

Achieve Now are HUGE fans of Nel Mackay.

We use a lot of his techniques in our after-school learning support clubs.


F.A.T City Workshop

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This dated video is excellent as it helps educational professionals understand how & why dyslexics struggle in school?

F.A.T. City.  How hard can it be?

The link sometime stops working. If this is the case just search YouTube for ‘FAT City workshop Richard Lavoie’. It is well worth the search.

Be warned it is a long video. Perhaps watch it while doing tasks that do not require your full attention.

PDF Transcript of the F.A.T. City Workshop


British Dyslexia Association - Teaching tips on video

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Telegraph article February 2017 discussing the disparity in the use of access arrangements between independent and state  schools. 

That is, one in five students were given extra time to complete their GCSE and A-level exams last year in independent sector. This is significantly higher than the one in eight pupils given additional time at state schools.


The Learning Scientists

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A wealth of excellent resources provided free of charge by cognitive psychological scientist who have done extensive research on learning and education. Their vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students teachers and other educators.

These resources are not designed for learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLD), however students with these difficulties benefit greatly from better understanding how they learn and by utilising the techniques explained.

The Learning Scientists webpage

The Learning Scientist videos

The Learning Scientist podcasts



Positively mad teaching tips

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Again this resource is designed to help teachers in general and is not aimed at teaching students with specific learning difficulties. However the teaching tips will certainly benefit students that find academic learning more difficult.
It contains 10 videos each approximately three minutes long. A tip from Achieve Now, each video has a 30 second introduction and a similar length close out. If you are short of time, skip them to help you get to the content quicker.

Positely MAD 10 teaching tips - Playlist


Also worth watching

While all the resources above will help those teaching students with dyslexia is also worth checking out our large selection of Videos to encourage dyslexics. These are not only great to share with students they also explain and clarify strengths and weaknesses of dyslexics