Events & fundraising

On Wednesday 28th September the highly esteemed Educational Psychologist, held a book launch in the Loyola Hall for her latest book:  The Parents’ Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties: information, advice and practical tips.  £13.99  Packed full of advice and practical strategies for parents and educators, this book is a one-stop shop for supporting children with SpLDs.  Jo Petty says, “I would chain this book to every parent’s wrist.”

London Marathon

Christopher McNally has raised £2,627.75 by running the 2015 London Marathon in 4 hours and 17 minutes. Well done Christopher!

The money he raised supported The London Dyslexia Initiative targeting specialist help for state primary school children in London. We are currently operating successfully in five schools in West London. Dyslexia help for children in schools is highly variable. The average dyslexic child does not qualify for specialist help under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 as they sit within the mild-to-moderate range of the Dyslexia Spectrum. They struggle to learn to read and write at the same pace as a non-dyslexic child. This impacts on their confidence and school experience. With low self-esteem dyslexic children are vulnerable to feeling disenfranchised from their school and community. They have a high opt-out rate. On current estimates forty per cent of our prison population is dyslexic. Coincidence? We think not.

The London Dyslexia Initiative offers consistent, targeted help to dyslexic children. A school in the programme will screen children in need of specialist support (typically in Years 3-6). They are then assessed by a specialist teacher and an individual teaching programme devised for them. Subsequently specialist teachers attend the school for a morning or afternoon a week to work with these children individually. Additional individual teaching (with Bursary support where needed) can take place outside school hours. The results of the programme to date are uplifting for all those involved – both on an educational and personal level.

They did it!

We are delighted to report that the team completed the challenge in 22 hours and 58 minutes and are safely back – a little battered but exhilarated! The money raised so far has exceeded £20,000 which is fantastic. This will go a long way in helping us to expand our work in local state primary schools. We are, however, still accepting donations, so if you wish to add to this total, follow the below link to the Virgin Money Giving page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=3bigpeaks&faId=466570&isTeam=true

Thank you all for your continued support.

Starting out!

The finish line!

We are thrilled to announce that on 13th September this year, Alexander Walduck, Richard Morgan, Jonathan Brown, Mark Bruno and Ben Dale-Jones will be taking on the “3 Peaks Challenge” in aid of the Dyslexia Teaching Centre Trust! They will be attempting to reach the summits of the three highest mountains in the UK: Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales – all in the space of 24 hours.
They are hoping to raise £10,000 in total, so they’ll need all the help they can get to achieve this target! The money raised will go towards expanding our important work in local state primary schools helping disadvantaged children struggling with dyslexia. With your support we can help more children and make a real difference. To donate, please follow the link below:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=3bigpeaks&faId=466570&isTeam=true

Thank you from all of us at the DTC!

LDI

An initiative of The Dyslexia Teaching Centre Trust (Charity no: 290244)

www.justgiving.com/londondyslexiainitiative

The London Dyslexia Initiative targets specialist help for state primary school children in London. It is an initiative started by the DTC as an outreach programme and is currently operating successfully in four schools in West London. The aim is to roll it out across the capital.

Dyslexia help for children in schools is highly variable. The average dyslexic child does not qualify for specialist help under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 as they sit within the mild-to-moderate range of the Dyslexia Spectrum. They struggle to learn to read and write at the same pace as a non-dyslexic child. This impacts on their confidence and school experience. With low self-esteem dyslexic children are vulnerable to feeling disenfranchised from their school and community. They have a high opt-out rate. On current estimates, forty per cent of our prison population is dyslexic. Coincidence? We think not.

The London Dyslexia Initiative offers consistent, targeted help to dyslexic children. A school in the programme will screen children in need of specialist support (typically in Years 3-6). They are then assessed by a specialist teacher and an individual teaching programme devised for them. Subsequently specialist teachers attend the school for a morning or afternoon a week to work with these children individually. Additional individual teaching (with Bursary support where needed) can take place outside school hours. The results of the programme to date are uplifting for all those involved – both on an educational and personal level.

This Programme offers real time with real people. It’s simple and effective in terms of time, money and results. We need help to roll it out and overcome the educational and social hurdles dyslexic children face.

A glittering launch of the London Dyslexia Initiative was held at the Saatchi Gallery on 13 March 2013. It was masterminded by Lady Iona Ind. In excess of £25,000 was raised. This fantastic result makes a huge difference to our work and allows us to increase the number of schools we help. A huge thank you to Iona and her team. The guest of honour was the famous actress Susan Hampshire, who is herself dyslexic and a huge supporter of the campaign to help dyslexics overcome their difficulties.