Spelling, Reading & Exams


On this part of the site you will find comprehensive information on problems with spelling etc. Does spelling matter in the modern age? Has ‘text speak’, taken over from spelling? Should we still teach spelling?


Is Spelling Important?(Just for fun!)

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,
the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef,
but the wrod as a wlohe.
Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia
Amzanig huh? Yaeh and yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.


On this part of the site, you will find comprehensive information on problems with reading etc. Should reading matter in the modern age? Computers can ‘read’ aloud for you; ‘special pens’ can read aloud, so does it matter? Should we still bother to teach people to read?
And, if reading correctly is essential, how come many of us can understand what is written below?

Do you have a Strong Mind? (Just for fun!)

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If you can read this you have a strong mind:

7H15 M3554G3
53RV35 7O PR0V3
D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
R34D1NG 17
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F

U C4N R34D 7H15.

Do you have a Strong Mind? (Just for fun!)  I do not think there is any science behind this. However, I do find it interesting.

Exam Concessions
GCSE,  ‘A’ Levels and any other Examinations

If you have dyslexia, you may be able to get concessions with examinations. Every Examination Board has different rules and regulations. Therefore, the school should contact them in plenty of time to ascertain the exact requirements of the individual Board.
You may be able to use a computer for your coursework and examinations. Other concessions you may be entitled to include:

• Extra time – extra time, up to 25%, as dyslexics process information more slowly, this puts them on an equal footing as non-dyslexics..
• Amanuensis / Scribe – an adult who writes for the student.
• Reader – an adult to read out the questions to the student.
• Word processors – some dyslexic students type faster than they can write.
• Voice Recognition Software.
• Or other arrangements.

To get entitlement for any of the above, the Examination Boards will require a current assessment report from an Educational Psychologist or from a teacher with specialist qualifications for identifying assessing and teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties. The school should be able to arrange this for you, however, if there is a delay, you may need to arrange this yourself.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) is the single voice for its member awarding bodies. A Booklet on the regulations is available from www.jcq.org.uk.

You should request these concessions as early as possible.