Schools and pupils rewarded for dyslexia friendly approach

Fourteen amazing schools and specialist provisions received a prestigious award at the fourth annual East Ayrshire Dyslexia Friendly Schools Award Ceremony, held at Dumfries House, Cumnock earlier this month.

East Ayrshire Dyslexia Friendly Schools cultivates inclusive learning environments where pupils’ talents can flourish.

The model embraces national best practice in early (and least intrusive) assessment and intervention, to meet the literacy needs of all learners. In addition, learner participation is actively encouraged to develop skills for life-long learning.

All schools are actively encouraged to engage with parents, carers and members of the school community to create classroom environments catering for all learning styles to make learning easier and more accessible for everyone.

Each of the 14 winning establishments had key aspects of their journeys showcased and Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet member with Responsibility for Skills and Learning presented the well-earned awards.

Bronze Award: Bellsbank Primary, Catrine Primary, Dalmellington Primary, Dalrymple Primary and  Newmilns Primary.                         

Silver Award: St Xavier’s Primary and Stewarton Academy

Gold Award: Barshare Primary and EAST Campus

Four primary schools and one specialist provision received the first ever East Ayrshire Dyslexia Friendly Schools Gold Maintenance Award: Annanhill Primary, Galston Primary, Gargieston Primary, Sorn Primary and Cumnock Supported Learning Centre.

Councillor Campbell said: “This inclusive approach creates a community of learners where everyone is encouraged to fulfil their potential.

“The efforts, dedication and continued commitment showcased today are a real inspiration. I congratulate them all on their well-deserved recognition.”