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New April dates! Supporting Learners with Dyslexia/SpLDs

Supporting Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties is a very practical online course for Teaching Assistants or anyone supporting learners. You will be shown lots of useful, tried and tested strategies to enable you to support learners effectively. You will also have the opportunity to make attractive, practical resources that you will be able to use with your learners. The course starts on Friday 19 April and comprises six three-hour sessions:

  • Overview of Dyslexia and SpLDs
  • Introduction to Phonological Awareness and Phonics
  • Learning Preferences and Multi-Sensory Teaching
  • Reading Accuracy and Comprehension
  • Spelling and Writing
  • Numeracy

Each session can be booked individually and recordings of sessions will be available if you cannot attend.

Book here

By |2024-04-24T09:29:55+01:00March 2nd, 2024|Course news, Latest news|0 Comments

What are the research priorities for the dyslexia community? Help us to find out!

We are delighted to be working with our colleague, Dr Cathy Manning and her colleagues at the University of Reading, on a collaborative research project asking people with dyslexia, and those people who support them, what are their research priorities about dyslexia. This will help inform the direction of future research efforts and guide our focus to those areas that matter most to the dyslexia community.

We are looking for people who are aged 18 years or over who:

  1. have a diagnosis of dyslexia, OR,
  2. are a parent/caregiver/other family member of a person with a dyslexia diagnosis.

The nature of this practical research will include you completing a brief questionnaire and being invited to a focus group (online or face-to-face) with 5 to 7 others. You will be asked some questions about your views on dyslexia research and what you would like to be researched in the future. The session will last around an hour.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to find out more, please contact Dr Cathy Manning (c.a.manning@reading.ac.uk; 0118 378 3454), Raveen Rayat (r.rayat@student.reading.ac.uk), Ella Callus (e.m.callus@student.reading.ac.uk) or Dr Holly Joseph (h.joseph@reading.ac.uk). Please note, that by getting in touch to find out more, you are not committing to participate in the study.

We look forward to hearing from you!

By |2024-04-24T09:30:04+01:00February 10th, 2024|Latest news, Research news|0 Comments

Lunch and Learn sessions for workplaces

Online Lunch and Learn sessions for workplaces: Dyslexia – its effects upon your employees and their families

This online session introduces your team to the issues surrounding dyslexia, a condition that affects more than 1 in 10 people in the UK.

A Lunch and Learn session is likely to appeal to many people across your organisation, whether they have a basic awareness of dyslexia or not. Dyslexia is a hidden disability and is recognised as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. As such, participation in this interactive session will demonstrate your commitment to inclusive practice within your team. It is relevant to all workplaces, across all sectors.

The session’s aim is to provide you with a clear understanding of dyslexia and its effects upon colleagues, including strengths in areas like problem-solving and ingenuity as well as challenges commonly experienced with literacy-based tasks and processing information. Interactive elements help simulate some of the experiences of dyslexia to the audience. Also, it gives an opportunity for those attending to share their own experiences of dyslexia if they wish.

Lunch and Learn sessions are normally an hour long, including time for questions and answers, but can be adapted to suit the needs and availability of your staff.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for doing the presentation on Monday. It was well received and got some good discussion going which is exactly what we want. People particularly liked the practical challenges at the end which really brought home some of the challenges dyslexic people face.”

Simon, British Land
Please contact us to arrange your Lunch and Learn session.

Email enquiries@helenarkell.org.uk

By |2024-04-24T09:34:04+01:00January 26th, 2023|Course news, Latest news, Team blog|0 Comments

New dates for HELP! course for parents of children with dyslexia

One of the greatest influences on children’s success in learning is the involvement of parents in their education. When a child has a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia this involvement is even more crucial. Many children who find learning difficult can get frustrated and demotivated which may lead to low self-esteem.

The ‘Hints, Encouragement and Liaison for Parents’ course helps demystify dyslexia and gives practical ideas and strategies to help you support your child at home with their learning.

New dates are available

Online – Tuesday mornings starting 21 March 2023 (recordings are available so you can still sign up!). Click here to book.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Please contact enquiries@helenarkell.org.uk if you have any questions.

**We have free or subsidised places on this course for families on lower incomes.**

By |2024-04-24T09:34:18+01:00December 11th, 2022|Course news, Latest news|0 Comments

Tesco Community Grants – New Stores!

We’re in the customer vote for a Tesco Community Grant. This is a scheme giving community projects and small charities like us grants of up to £1,500.When you pop into a local store, it would be fantastic if you could put your blue tokens (given out at the checkout) into the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity slot to decide how much funding we get. The money we then receive from Tesco Community Grants will be used to support children and young people with dyslexia, giving them confidence and helping them succeed at school, college or university.

Which Tesco stores?

From mid January until 31 March, you can choose Helen Arkell at:

  • Tesco Extra, Barnes Wallis Drive, Brooklands KT13 0XF
  • Tesco Express, Old Woking Road, West Byfleet KT14 6JA
  • Tesco Express, 15 High St, Knaphill GU21 2PG
  • Tesco Express, Guildford Rd, Woking GU22 7PX
  • Tesco Express, Station Road, Chobham GU24 8AQ
  • Tesco Express, Commercial Way, Woking GU21 6XR

    Huge thanks to everyone who has been supporting us in various Tesco stores around the country since last October – this really makes a difference!

    You can find out more about Tesco Community Grants here.

By |2024-04-24T09:34:19+01:00December 9th, 2022|Fundraising news, Latest news|0 Comments

Your nomination really counts

£1,000 could make a big difference to the work we do supporting children and adults with dyslexia. That’s why we’d be really grateful if you could nominate us in the Movement for Good awards. Your nomination could be the one that wins us £1,000.

Hundreds of charities stand to gain £1,000 and we’d love to be one of them. The money could subsidise dyslexia assessments for several lower income families or make sure teachers from state schools can attend one of our courses.

It’s quick and easy to nominate us. Just simply click the button!

Once you’ve nominated us, our name will be in the pot for all three draws which are scheduled for June, September and December 2022.

The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word to your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your time and support.

By |2024-04-24T09:35:57+01:00August 23rd, 2022|Fundraising news, Latest news|0 Comments


Lillian on World Book Day

Lillian is a busy girl; she loves dancing and is part of an invitation-only dance crew, she loves fashion, designing useful objects (rainbow toilet roll holder anyone?) and making animated movies. Her dad thinks her amazing problem-solving abilities could make her a great engineer one day.

Lillian goes to a very tiny school in Oxfordshire – there are just two other children in her year and they both seem particularly good at reading. This is something Lillian struggles with, as well as with spelling, organisation and remembering things at school, so she and her mum Kirstie came to see us here at Helen Arkell.

Lillian’s assessment was a revelation. She’s in the top 1% for two particular skills and this and the other feedback she was given have elevated her self-confidence enormously.

This gave Lillian the boost she needed so when World Book Day came around in March, Lillian set to work to educate everyone at school about dyslexia. She didn’t read in assembly and she didn’t write a report; Lillian wrote all her newly-discovered facts on her school shirt in multi-coloured pens!

Lillian received so many lovely comments and encouragement wearing her decorated shirt to school. One mum, whose son has dyslexia but who is not ready to let everyone know yet, told Lillian that she was very proud of her and that she’d made her son feel better about being dyslexic. The school thanked Lillian for being so brave and so open about her dyslexia. Thanks to Lillian, lots of people at school now understand dyslexia better and Lillian is really happy that they know about it.

Writing to us at Helen Arkell, Lillian’s mum said, ‘I just wanted to share my proud moment with you. Lillian’s diagnosis has brought her a great deal of comfort in why she struggles and has allowed her to identify areas that there are easy solutions too. She has embraced lots of coping mechanisms and is a much happier little girl – thank you.’

We’re very proud of you, Lillian!

By |2024-04-24T09:35:59+01:00August 6th, 2022|Latest news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Big Walk for Dyslexia – Thank you!

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Big Walk for Dyslexia!

The day dawned sunny and warm and stayed that way for the walkers who enjoyed the gorgeous scenery around Frensham Little Pond.

On their return we had well-earned tea and cakes at the ready.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the walk and to our volunteers who helped make it happen.

If you would like to join us next year, sign up to our e-newsletter where we will let you know the date.

Walkers at the Big Walk for Dyslexia
By |2024-04-24T09:36:03+01:00June 6th, 2022|Homepage featured, Latest news|0 Comments

Saturday Morning Presentation with Dr Susie Nyman

Top Multi-Sensory Tips and Techniques for Supporting Dyslexic Students

Saturday 9 July 2022 ︱10.00am for 10.30 – 12.00

Farnham Memorial Hall, GU9 7EE


Book here.

This seminar will be a lively interactive practical presentation that will help you inspire children with dyslexia to become grade risers and ultimately achieve stellar results.We are delighted that Dr Susie Nyman is giving our next Saturday presentation on Top Multi-Sensory Tips and Techniques for Supporting Dyslexic Students aimed at parents and education professionals.

Susie will showcase innovative, tried and tested, easy-to-replicate Multi-Sensory Techniques from her Multi-Sensory Toolkit that she uses with her students at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough.

Susie is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed.

As an international speaker, exam board moderator and CPD trainer, she thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences about Multi-Sensory Teaching.

She has published articles for BBC Bitesize, the BDA and SEN Magazine. Her innovative methods have been published by Oaka Books in her ‘Multi-Sensory Toolkit’ as well as ‘How to Become a Grade Riser’.

Book here.

By |2024-04-24T09:36:04+01:00June 6th, 2022|Archive news, Latest news|0 Comments

Catch-up learning over the summer holidays

We have one-to-one tuitions sessions to offer children in Key Stages 2 to 4 over the summer holidays. Book one session or several to help your child get ahead for the new school year.

All sessions are run by our qualified specialist teachers and will take place at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in West Street, Farnham, Surrey.

By |2024-04-24T09:36:05+01:00June 6th, 2022|Latest news|0 Comments


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