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Comedian talks to pupils at Lichfield school about his experiences with dyslexia

A comedian has taken time out from his tour to return to the classroom in Lichfield.

Michael Fabbri, who has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and performed across the country, stopped off at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School to talk about his experiences of life with dyslexia.

Comedian Michael Fabbri talking to pupils at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School

Comedian Michael Fabbri talking to pupils at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School

The funnyman, who admitted he had struggled throughout his school years, talked to pupils about never giving up on their dreams and achieving everything they wanted to through both hard work – and humour.

He said: “Speaking in front of school pupils was more daunting to me than gigging in a room full of drunken stag and hens. Having grown up with Dyslexia there was so much I wanted to say that I barely said any of it.

“It made me feel very warm inside that a Maple Hayes exists. I’ve often heard there is no effective specialist teaching for dyslexia, but from what I saw this isn’t true. The system at Maple Hayes uses a surprisingly classicist approach dyslexic students seem to respond to.

“Just a brief look was enlightening to me.”

The comic also met students after his assembly talk to discuss his career and experiences further.

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown said: “We want to thank Michael for taking time out of his busy schedule and coming to talk to our pupils.

“We feel it’s important for them all to meet successful and interesting people from all walks of life so they are aware that they too can succeed.”

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