Local charity offers free support for students moving to secondary school

Local charity Dyslexia Sparks is offering free support to parents/carers and children with dyslexia in the region to help support with the move to secondary school this year.

A free webinar for parents – Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Primary to Secondary School, Thursday 9 June, 10-11am – is being offered by the charity for any parents/carers wanting to gain an understanding of how to support their child’s transition to high school. The charity is also delivering a workshop – in partnership with specialist wellbeing and SEND consultancy Life Skills HUB – specifically for Dyslexia Sparks’ students who will be starting secondary school in the autumn.

The online parent support session will include details of how to help students prepare for their move from primary school and get a head start on managing the transition to secondary school. The webinar will be useful to all parents wanting to support their child with their transition to secondary school and will include information particularly of relevance to parents/carers of dyslexic children.

Led by Dyslexia Sparks’ Senior Specialist Teacher and Assessor, Sam Buttle, the webinar will include:

— how parents can support their child with the transition leading up to September

— the practicalities of a move to high school and how parents can support with this

— tips to help students with their organisational skills

Places are free but limited and must be booked in advance to receive the online meeting link. For further details and to book, please visit the Eventbrite page .

The student workshop ‘Tackling Transition Worries: Primary to Secondary School’ is a free support service for Year 6 Dyslexia Sparks’ students who attend specialist tuition with the charity and is by invitation only.

Jane Craig, Founding Director, Dyslexia Sparks, said:

“Moving to secondary school can be daunting for children as well as their families. Parents of course want to support their child with their move to high school but may be unsure what they can to do help.  We wanted to support students as well as parents through the significant change of moving to secondary school – and help families feel prepared.”

Luke Cardwell, Director & Specialist Wellbeing Manager, Life Skills Hub, said:

“We’re delighted to partner up with Dyslexia Sparks to offer support to students who managing the transition from primary to secondary, building upon the success of previous projects Life Skills Hub and Dyslexia Sparks have collaborated on.”

Dyslexia Sparks is Hull and East Yorkshire’s only registered charity for dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties. As a registered charity, Dyslexia Sparks can provide financial support to eligible households in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire to help with the cost of specialist tuition and diagnostic dyslexia assessments.

The Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Primary to Secondary School webinar is held as part of the charity’s free parent/carer support programme for the families of dyslexic children. Follow Dyslexia Sparks on Facebook and Twitter to be kept up to date with the charity’s latest news and events.

Further information on the charity is available at www.dyslexia-sparks.org.uk and by contacting the organisation direct on 01482 234856 and office@dyslexia-sparks.org.uk .