(UK) MP promotes help for students with dyslexia; huge emotional, psychological impact

Oct 29, 2019, THE HOUSE (Parliament’s Magazine): Sharon Hodgson MP: Our education system doesn’t work for children with dyslexia I’m hugely proud to be the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), and particularly proud of our work this year. … This year, our group has been looking at the cost of undiagnosed and poorly supported dyslexia too, including the emotional wellbeing of dyslexics and their families, the educational attainment of young dyslexic pupils and the wider impact to society through issues like higher-than-average levels of criminality. Following the release of our first report this year, The human cost of dyslexia - The emotional and psychological impact of poorly supported dyslexia, our second report focusses on the educational cost of dyslexia…. Through the Equality Act (2010) and the Children & Families Act (2014), the law technically provides for identification and support for dyslexia. The reality is unfortunately very different – over 80% of young people with dyslexia leave school without a diagnosis, therefore going without the support that they need throughout their whole time in our education system. The impacts are severe: a student with dyslexia or another SpLD is twice as likely to fail to achieve a good pass in English and Maths at GCSE. Additionally, according to the 2019 Timpson Review of School Exclusions, 78% of permanent exclusions issued were to pupils who either had Special Educational Needs, were classified as in need or were eligible for free school meals….