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Council chairman praises work of ‘outstanding’ Lichfield dyslexia school

The chairman of Licfield District Council has praised a Lichfield school after seeing first-hand the work which saw them hailed as “outstanding” in an Ofsted report.

Judith Derrick and Cllr Bernard Derrick meet Maple Hayes students Ben Dunnington, Harry Grateholder and Jasmine Fox

Judith Derrick and Cllr Bernard Derrick meet Maple Hayes students Ben Dunnington, Harry Grateholder and Jasmine Fox

Councillor Bernard Derrick met pupils from Maple Hayes Dyslexia School to learn more about the alternative teaching methods.

He was given a tour of the Maple Hayes Hall estate before dropping in on an English lesson to demonstrate the teaching of principal Dr Neville Brown’s world-renowned Icon meaning approach, a method of teaching for dyslexic children which leads away from widely practised phonic and multi-sensory teaching methods.

Cllr Derrick said: “The children at this school all have exceptional manners. They seem incredibly well behaved and have all been very enthusiastic and full of smiles – something that I can only assume is down to the great teaching here at Maple Hayes.

“The school has a fantastic reputation for its teaching methods. It is hard for me to comprehend the difficulty and frustration these pupils face, but it is clear that the teachers here are bringing out the best in them both educationally and socially.

“Parents of these pupils must be very pleased that they are getting this special education, as I can see it has given their children a great deal of confidence and happiness.”

Dr Neville Brown, founder and principal of Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, added: “It is always a great pleasure to show people around our school and we are grateful that Cllr Derrick has made the effort to come and see us.

“The pupils enjoyed explaining their work to Cllr Derrick, who took great interest in our methods of teaching. Hopefully, he has seen how important they can be for improving the lives of young people with dyslexia.”

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