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Supporting dyslexia at A level

Dyslexia can hit A level students hard as both the difficulty and extent of academic work increases. Kristina Symons offers practical strategies to support the dyslexic A level learner

"He’s not even that dyslexic and it would help if he stopped talking and did some work."

These are the kind of comments that I have heard often throughout my teaching career with regards to high-achieving dyslexic learners.

As a teacher, it is easy to overlook the needs of the dyslexic student once they have begun their A level courses. Surely if they achieved so highly at GCSE they are able to achieve the same top grades at A level? Don’t they just need to work a bit harder and organise themselves?

Research has shown that dyslexic learners with a high underlying ability are most likely to display learning difficulties for the first time when working at an advanced level. Up until GCSE level, their above-average intelligence enabled to them to provide their own strategies to overcome specific learning difficulties, but at A level, a new range of difficulties come to light.

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