1.7.1 Literacy

As highlighted previously dyslexia is intricately linked to literacy; however, this should not be viewed in isolation or as the only causal factor for the development of dyslexia.

What is literacy?

The Curriculum for Excellence Literacy and English Principles and Practice [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] document states that:

‘in defining literacy for the 21st century we must consider the changing forms of language which our children and young people will experience and use’. Accordingly, our definition takes account of factors such as the speed with which information is shared and the ways in which it is shared. The breadth of our definition is intended to ‘future proof’ it. Within Curriculum for Excellence, therefore, literacy is defined as:

“the set of skills which allows an individual to engage fully in society and in learning, through the different forms of language, and the range of texts, which society values and finds useful”.’

Curriculum for Excellent Literacy and English Principle and Practice, p3.

1.7 Literacy, numeracy and wellbeing

1.7.2 Literacy and dyslexia