Minister for Education 19.4.02

Dyspraxia and Dyslexia amongst School Pupils in North Wales


Alison Halford:

Will the Minister indicate what progress is being made to deal with dyspraxia and dyslexia amongst school pupils in North Wales? (WAQ17214)


The Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning (Jane Davidson):

 I was pleased to fund a one-year project by the Prosiect Dyslecsia Cymru/Welsh Dyslexia Project. The project is aimed at producing a well-trialled bilingual diagnostic test for dyslexic children in Wales. The test, which is being developed in association with the University of Bangor, will be made available this summer.

I have also made funds available to Prosiect Dyslexia Cymru/Welsh Dyslexia Project to develop a dyslexia-friendly schools initiative. The project will pilot a dyslexia-friendly model in a growing number of participating local authorities (including Gwynedd and Denbighshire) and offer support and inset training to teachers.

I have also asked my officials to meet professionals from the field of dyspraxia and I understand that they have invited research proposals to enable us to take forward our work in this area.

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