3.3. Supporting literacy

Understanding how to support literacy skills is as important in a secondary school setting as it is in nursery and primary settings. There is a range of resources available to support the development of literacy, which are available nationally and within local authorities.

The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit working group have developed the Literacy Circles which help teachers’ gain an understanding of how literacy skills have developed for the child or young person they are working with. The Circles can be used in primary and secondary sectors and may also be beneficial for children and young people for whom English is not their first language, as well as for adults.

The Circles provide:

  • Descriptions of the key areas involved in the acquisition of reading skills
  • A tool to identify areas of difficulty
  • Approaches and strategies for each key area.
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Figure 11 Reading circle
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Figure 12 Writing circle

The Circles include a practical planning/evaluation tool to record discussions with colleagues, staff and, where appropriate, the learner. It can highlight strengths and difficulties and offer guidance on planning the next steps appropriately, bearing in mind that some of the identified strengths could be used to support areas of difficulty.

Downloads of the summary Circles with the planning page at the end of each file are available here:

Select here [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   to download the PDF Reading Circle

Select here to download the PDF Writing Circle

Now try the formative quiz 1 to consolidate your knowledge and understanding from this section. Completing the quizzes is part of gaining the digital badge, as explained in the module overview.

Formative quiz 1

3.2. Appropriate support approaches

3.4. Improving support for children and young people with dyslexia