Specialist Literacy Tuition

Programmes

Multi-sensory literacy programmes are structured, sequential, cumulative, and they build in lots of opportunities for repetition and over-learning. The Orton-Gillingham method was the original multi-sensory programme designed to teach pupils with dyslexia. All good multi-sensory programmes follow similar structures. The following are some commonly used multi-sensory programmes:

  • Alpha to Omega (Hornsby and Shear)
  • The Bangor Dyslexia Teaching System (Elaine Miles)
  • The Hickey Multi-Sensory Language Course (Augur & Briggs, Eds.)
  • Toe by Toe (Keta Cowling)
  • Jolly Phonics
  • The Wilson Reading System

The educational psychology assessment report is incredibly important when developing a plan for literacy tuition.  It identifies the student’s learning strengths and weaknesses, as well as giving details on current literacy levels.  This provides a very useful starting point for literacy development work. The psychologist’s report may also identify specific areas which need to be addressed, for example revision of letter-sound correspondence, knowledge of spelling rules.  Learners with dyslexia need to be taught all the rules and exceptions of English reading and spelling in an organised manner.

The International Dyslexia Association have useful guidelines on effective reading instruction:

NEPS have produced a resource pack on effective interventions:

Dyslexics UK contains a very useful collation of research on dyslexia and evidence-informed teaching.

The International Foundation for Effective Reading Instructions also contains a wealth of information on evidence-informed teaching.