At a glance
About the School:
- Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne
- They believe in unlocking the skills in every pupil
The school needed a resource for students with MLD and dyslexia who were finding it hard to access lessons and achieve their full potential in exams.
Read&Write is a valuable resource to support students with a wide range of needs.
Heaton Manor School
Assisting the many groups of SEN students at Heaton Manor School.
Heaton Manor School and 6th Form is an inner city school in Newcastle. There are approximately 2,000 students on roll and approximately 400 students on the Special Education Needs (SEN) register for a wide range of needs including: Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Downs Syndrome, Dyslexia, Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The School also has an Additional Resource Centre for students with significant hearing impairments.
Carole Pounder is an Assistant Head Teacher at Heaton Manor School with responsibility for SEN and Inclusion and is the Lead designated teacher for Safeguarding. She is also a qualified specialist teacher for Dyslexia and ASD.
Carole explains the background to their purchase of Read&Write: “We were looking for a resource for students with MLD and dyslexia who were finding it hard to access lessons and achieve their full potential in exams, due to difficulties reading the text provided. We looked around and found Read&Write."
With the recent changes to JCQ Access Arrangements, Read&Write is now also being used as a computer reader by a number of secondary schools in England for GCSE and A-level examinations. Carole continues, “Initially we purchased Read&Write as it is authorised to be used in English reading exams as a computer reader. However, following the 1 day training we were provided with, it became even more valuable as a resource to support students with a wide range of needs.
"Our students use Read&Write in the classroom to read information on the internet, worksheets, parts of text books etc. They also use the Word Prediction tool when writing and the Spell Checker feature to check spellings and meanings of words.”
Carole continues “I like using the text-to-speech feature, which reads text aloud, with my students with visual impairments (VI). I select the option ‘highlight with one word display’ to enlarge the size of the text on the screen as this really benefits my VI Form students. I also like the mind map facility, which is the Fact Mapper feature in Read&Write.
"Read&Write has helped students who were struggling to pass their GCSE English before (as although they qualified for a human reader, they couldn't have the English reading paper read to them).
"The support provided by Texthelp has been fantastic. I get a response to any queries very quickly. The training was also first class. It was delivered by a trainer who had been using the software in her SEN teaching for years.
Read&Write supports the many different groups of SEN students so this software can have a massive application. It’s the best money I have spent and is a truly inclusive piece of software!”