Dyslexia Awareness Week 2022

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Dyslexia Awareness Week runs between 03-09 October. The theme for 2022 is ‘Breaking Through Barriers’ and ‘looks at how those living with dyslexia have overcome obstacles in their lives, this could be during education, work or general day-to-day living’.

According to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA):

Dyslexia influences at least 1 in 10 people and is a genetic difference in an individual’s ability to learn and process information. Over 6 million individuals in the UK have dyslexia and may not have received a diagnosis. Despite its commonality it is often hidden and those living with dyslexia make countless compromises to ‘fit in’ to a neurotypical society.

Written by a dyslexia specialist, Spellzone has been supporting dyslexic students since its beginnings in 2002.

If you or one of students has dyslexia, read on for three reasons why Spellzone might be a great support tool for you…

Spellzone is multi-sensory and easy to follow

  • Spellzone identifies any gaps in knowledge and then builds a personalised multi-sensory learning pathway for each student
     
  • Students are guided on what to work on next. When they finish a unit on their learning pathway, they are automatically directed to the next one
     
  • Students are retested periodically and their pathways are updated to reflect new learning

    Spellzone really can be tailored to suit individual needs. The resource allows every student to work at a level that has been set according to their individual strengths and needs. This means children whose spelling ability is strong don’t have to slow down and those with weaker spelling don’t struggle to keep up. They are all learning at the same time, at their own unique pace. Everyone is equal." - Pauline Guinan, Y5 and Y6 Teacher and SENCo, Sheering Church of England Primary School

Spellzone is adaptable and accessible

  • Teachers can adapt students’ learning pathways or supplement them with additional spelling tasks at any point
     
  • Teachers and students can use over two million pre-loaded word lists in a variety of multi-sensory spelling activities, word games, and printable worksheets
     
  • All word lists can be adapted to suit specific needs and translated into 92 languages

    We find Spellzone to be an extremely useful resource. Its multi-sensory nature, together with the regular reinforcement of spelling patterns, make it ideal to use both with dyslexic students and those students who need extra support with spelling. We particularly appreciate the facility to personalize the programme by creating the students' own word lists. The regular Spelling Ability Tests give feedback to both tutor and student. Spellzone is now an important part of the resources we use to support our students.” - Liverpool Tutoring and Dyslexia Centre

  • All users can adapt the Spellzone interface by changing background colour; font style, colour, and size; and spacing between letters and lines

    Spellzone is an effective piece of software which is good to use with LLDD students requiring overlay colours and a variety of font sizes. Spellzone responds well in creating individual pathways for students.”  - Heart of Worcestershire College
     

  • Students can make use of text-to-speech facilities for a whole page or a highlighted potion of text
     

Spellzone saves precious teaching hours for what’s important

  • Dynamic learning pathways keep students on track with minimal teacher intervention

    "The Course Pathway personalises learning for the children, saving the teacher hours of work in preparing individual resources.”  - Anna Hughes, Head of English,
St Hugh's School
     
  • Spellzone automatically marks all tasks and provides teachers with a variety easy-to-analyse reports which can be mapped against National Curriculum requirements

    "The ability to find specific content for individual students and tailor learning support accordingly is superb. We’re very keen to make sure that work is specifically targeted to relevant age groups, and Spellzone makes this very easy to do. Being able to set tasks is another great tool, as it allows staff to set and mark homework quickly and easily.” - King’s Leadership Academy

Learn more about Spellzone and dyslexia and Dyslexia Awareness Week. Find out what teachers think of Spellzone here.


03 Oct 2022
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"Thank goodness for Spellzone during this remote learning phase. The site is easy for students to navigate independently and they're really enjoying the activities and spelling games. You get an awful lot for your money with Spellzone. Really reassuring is the very prompt response with helpdesk queries. I've very rarely needed the helpdesk, but when I have, the issue has been addressed and sorted within a very short time."

Sarah Taggart, Oasis Academy Lord's Hill