In 2017, we conducted a successful pilot project at Norbury School, Harrow. Six pupils; aged between 8 and 11, received free specialist one-to-one teaching twice a week for a term, during school hours. This consisted of a personalised, multi-sensory, structured learning programme incorporating phonics and explicit teaching of phonological awareness. In addition, parents were given advice to help support reading at home. Even in this short period of time, pupils made great gains in their reading ages and, importantly, their self esteem and well-being improved.

Past Projects

In November 2019 we completed our yearly project, funded by the National Lottery (Awards for All scheme).  This has been a joint project, working  with the Centre for ADHD and Autism (CAAS). We have been able to provide specialist teaching to 18-20 pupils, once a week (45 minute lessons), in small groups of 2 to 4 pupils. The project took place at Stag Lane Junior school in Harrow. Some of the pupils had additional learning difficulties such as ADHD or Autism or both. The pupils enjoyed the lessons and have made good to outstanding progress in their reading ability. In addition, they have improved their self-esteem and gained confidence in their learning. Parents have had the opportunity to attend a workshop to learn strategies to support their children at home.

Current Project

In November 2019, we began our next project, which was due to run for a year, funded by The People’s Postcode lottery. We worked with small groups of pupils at St. Bernadette’s Primary school in Harrow, who kindly agreed to host the project. This project followed a similar format to the previous project. We have 6 groups of pupils (with between 2 – 4 pupils in the group) receiving 45 minute lessons, which take place on a Wednesday morning. The project started was due to finish in November 2020, however due to the coronavirus will finish the end of  March.
Due to the success of the project, the school governors are going to fund the project for a further 6 months.

Future Projects
We were successful in obtaining a small grant from the Shanly Foundation and were due to start a new project at the Grange Primary School in Harrow. Due to the situation with coronavirus, we have made the decision to postpone the project, since working in a new school with the current restrictions due to Covid-19 would prove challenging. In addition, we were also due to work with a small group of pupils in  another Primary school in Harrow, which was going to be funded by the school’s budget. We hope to begin working in these schools, when the situation improves.
As we are a small charity, we do rely on funding and fundraising activities to operate.

It is vital that primary aged pupils go onto secondary school, with age appropriate reading skills, to protect them from developing mental health issues due to being unable to access the curriculum, which consequently may lead to exclusion and anti-social behaviour.

Our goals
As we are a small charity, we do rely on funding and fundraising activities to operate. Our goal is to get as many specialist dyslexia tutors into schools, providing specialist literacy support to pupils who so desperately need it.
It is vital that primary aged pupils go onto secondary school, with age appropriate reading skills, to protect them from developing mental health issues due to being unable to access the curriculum, which consequently may lead to exclusion and anti-social behaviour.

Costs of services
We believe that our rate of £40 for a 45 minute lesson (between 1 – 4 pupils), represents good value for money. We also deliver specialist training to parents and teachers, providing techniques and strategies to help teach children with reading difficulties.