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Professor says the term dyslexia is unscientific and should be abandoned

Getting a diagnosis of dyslexia is often seen as the solution to the problems experienced by those with struggle in areas such as reading, writing an learning.

But now an expert in physiology and education from Durham University says the term 'dyslexia' should be abandoned.

Professor Julian Elliott says some people have learning difficulties but says 'dyslexia' is used to describe many problems which may not need the same treatment.

He has outlined his ideas in a new book which some see as controversial.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a term used to describe learning difficulties in children and adults, which can affect their ability to read, write and spell, and in some cases speech, memory and ability to learn rhythms or patterns.

It is difficult to know how many people have dyslexia, but it is estimated to affect 5-10% of the population. It is four times more common in boys than girls.

Famous people with dyslexia:**

  • Richard Branson
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • Steve Jobs
  • Sir Steve Redgrave

For more information about dyslexia, including where to find help for yourself or your child, see the charity Dyslexia North East.


Professor asks teachers to abandon "meaningless" label of dyslexia

An academic at Durham University has said the term 'dyslexia' is unscientific and should be abandoned.

Professor Julian Elliott said many people do experience problems with reading, but that the diagnosis of dyslexia is used to describe too wide a range of problems.

In a book due to be released in March, researchers said the key task for teachers was to identify children struggling to read and intervene at a very early age, rather than spend time testing for a "questionable" diagnosis.

Healthy school meals to boost regional economy

Gateshead Council say their policy of using local food suppliers wherever possible for school meals is providing a boost to the local economy.

The council spend £1.8 million on raw ingredients each year.

They have published a map to show parents and children where their school meals come from.

"Our policy of buying all of our ingredients from local suppliers not only means they are fresher and we know exactly where everything has come from, it ensures that local farmers and local businesses benefit from the money we spend. That’s got you be good news for the North’s economy."

– Councillor Angela Douglas, cabinet member for Children and Young People


Motorbike and power tools stolen from school

Photo of stolen bike Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a school in Throckley.

Burglars broke into Talbot House school on Hexham Road sometime between 6.30pm Friday, January 10th, and midday on Saturday, January 11th.

Items stolen include a Makita drill, two Wickes drills and a Honda motorbike.

The bike is a 125cc, registration plate N611TNL, and has the word 'jagermeister' on its tank.

Enquiries into the burglary are ongoing and anyone with any informaton into the burglary or the whereabouts of the bike is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

Full report: Darlington best in England for primary schools

Darlington has the most outstanding or good primary schools in the whole of England, according to new figures.

The report, by education watchdog Ofsted, has found that the County Durham town tops the national league for the percentage of primaries being awarded the highest ranking.

Rachel Bullock reports.

Full report: Ofsted gives poor marks to some schools

The schools inspector, Ofsted, says children in Northumberland have less chance of going to a good school than in previous years.

It says the situation is unacceptable, and will be of great concern to parents, carers and pupils.

Focussed inspections of 17 schools in the county have resulted in four being put into special measures, including one which had previously been rated as 'Good'.

Ofsted says the downward slide is against the national trend, and must be halted.

Derek Proud reports.

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