Thirty-eight Jersey schools have benefited from a donation of dyslexia dictionaries thanks to Barclays.
Local teachers attended a presentation event to receive the dictionaries at the Barclays branch at Library Place.
The dictionariesare specifically designed for children with dyslexia to help build their confidence and skills. They are printed on coloured paper, making the words easier to read, and the words are phonetically spelt to make it easier to find the meaning and correct spelling.
Barclays organised for the dictionaries to be donated to 28 primary and 10 secondary schools following the success of an ongoing dyslexia project which began with supporting Trinity School in becoming a “Dyslexia Friendly” school. Thanks to Barclays’ support, the schoolwas able to purchase vital teaching materials including the dyslexic dictionarieswhich have allowed the children to work more independently.
Paul Savery, managing director at Barclays, said; “The dictionaries have been a real hit at Trinity School so we hope to replicate this success island-wide.
“It’s so important that local schools have the specialist learning tools to be able to support pupils who have difficultly reading and writing. Hopefully the addition of the dictionaries to Jersey classroomswill help to build pupils’ confidence and improve their reading and writing skills.”
Pam Pitman, Head teacher of Grouville School, said; “We believe that the dictionaries will enable children who find spelling difficult to use a dictionary like anybody else.
“They will develop their confidence because they will be able to find the word as they would spell it and then the correct spelling will be next to it. Looking through the dictionaries we can also see that the tinted pages and the alphabet across the top of the page will be helpful too.”