Hello! We're Sarah and Sarah
In the roles of acting principal and teachers, our eyes were opened up to the lack of support for students with dyslexia outside the special reading school where we were teaching. Parents were left without reading intervention options, in and out of their child's school.
We learned teacher colleges/ universities rarely train teachers how to specifically teach students with dyslexia and that most programmes on the market do not meet individuals with dyslexia’s needs. They don't teach students in a direct, explicit manner. They are parts and not the whole.
We knew we had to create a comprehensive reading programme that followed the Orton Gillingham approach and use our expertise to teach students with dyslexia how to read. We were so excited when The Reading Academy officially opened its doors in September 2015! We will never forget the queue of parents and children on our first Open Day.
Since we started our first classes, more than 350 children have benefitted from our programme. As well as teaching children, we have trained more than 40 teachers in using The Reading Academy Programme who now offer individual and group classes in both school and private settings.
We are looking forward to sharing the next chapter of Our Story with you, so make sure to watch this space!