Coronavirus update from Dyslexia Scotland August 2020

10 August 2020
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Coronavirus update from Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia Scotland staff are continuing to follow government advice around Covid-19.  We will be working from home until it is safe to return to the office during the Scottish Government’s Phase 4 of lockdown. Staff and Helpline volunteers have been working well from home and we have been able to carry on with much of what we do as normal.  Events have of course been severely impacted but we have successfully adapted a number of events online, with the expectation that this may continue for some time.

The health and safety of our staff and volunteers and the need to help stop the spread of Coronavirus is paramount, as well as striving to continue to support high quality services for people with dyslexia and others.  We will be issuing guidance about safely returning to face to face meetings for our volunteers in due course, but we do not know when this will be.

Online events to note in particular are:

Adult Network Meetings

Our Education Conference on 3 October

Dyslexia Awareness Training for Employers

Other links which may be useful are:

‘At home with Dyslexia Scotland’ on our YouTube page

Our Helpline, which continues to operate as normal and our range of leaflets

A list of resources to help with home learning on Dyslexia Scotland’s website

Finally, the Scottish Government’s Parent Club has a wide range of useful information on their coronavirus hub, with updates at www.gov.scot/coronavirus

The hub contains a series of short films by expert voices on particular topics. More will be added over the next few weeks:

  • A film of Jason Leitch explaining what schools and nurseries are doing to keep children safe as parents prepare for schools to reopen. This film can be found on Facebook and Twitter for sharing.
  • Advice from Head Teacher Kevin Brack on how to support your child going into P1.
  • Early Years Psychologist James McTaggart shares tips on how you can help children cope with going back to school.
  • Scottish Teacher of the Year 2018, Chris Smith gives practical advice on how to manage that tricky transition from P7 to S1.
  • Dr Janet Goodall from the Learning Foundation explains there’s no such thing as ‘lost learning’.