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Lichfield schoolboy lifts the lid on life with dyslexia during radio show

Tom Allsopp in the BBC WM studios

Tom Allsopp in the BBC WM studios

A schoolboy from Lichfield has shared his experiences of dealing with dyslexia on a radio show.

Tom Allsopp, a 14-year-old pupil at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, joined his head teacher Dr Daryl Brown as a guest on the Ed Doolan programme on BBC Radio WM.

Dr Brown is a regular contributor to the programme, taking calls from the public concerned about their dyslexic children. He offers advice on recognising dyslexia and how to get the best support from schools and education authorities.

Tom Allsopp joined Dr Brown and presenter Steve Dyson, who was sitting in for regular presenter Ed. He talked about how in regular school his literacy problem had made him fall further and further behind his classmates.

He said:

“I could understand everything that was being taught to me directly, it was just when it came to reading or writing things down that I had a problem. The method Maple Hayes used to teach me has been brilliant. All of a sudden I began to read and understand things. It was like a light bulb going on.

“Not being able to read well is a little bit embarrassing, but I am happy to share my experience if it helps someone else who is in the same situation that I was.”

This was not Tom’s first media experience. Last year he took part in an ITV News programme when the school’s founder Dr Neville Brown was made ITV’s Midland Teacher of the Year.

For further information on Maple Hayes Dyslexia School visit their website or call 01543 264 387.

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