MORE than in one in ten people are dyslexic ­— but, according to the British Dyslexic Association, society is all too often “failing to empower dyslexics to do their best work”.

Now Bolton is looking to change that and ensure children with dyslexia are not left behind in the classroom by using teaching techniques which enthuse all young people in their learning.

And Eatock Primary School in Westhoughton has become the first school in the borough to receive the Dyslexia Aware Quality Mark.

The award recognises teachers’ understanding of dyslexia; the school's focus on oracy ­— which has huge benefits for all pupils, in developing their speaking confidence and deepening their understanding of the subject ­— and work to make the environment as “dyslexia” friendly as possible, with the use of colour and the resources to cater for pupils’ different learning styles.

The quality mark has been created by Bolton Council and Ladywood Outreach Service ­— to support and recognise those schools with an emphasis on "inclusive environments".

A spokesman for Eatock Primary School, said: “We are very excited to receive this award. "Although already an outstanding school, we have welcomed the opportunity to enhance our practice further. The award has helped us to highlight our excellent practice and further develop multisensory learning across school to enable staff to become confident in offering a fully inclusive curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.”

David Barrett, from Ladywood Outreach Service, said: “Dyslexia aware practice is shown to benefit all pupils, not just those with dyslexia and aims to provide accessible and engaging lessons for all. Support from Ladywood Outreach Service through this process involves whole staff training, improving classroom environments and providing school with the knowledge to proactively identify and meet the diverse needs of their pupils."

"This is recognition of their commitment to removing learning barriers for pupils, providing multi-sensory learning opportunities and ensuring a consistent inclusive approach by all staff at the school." Schools interested in the award should contact David on 01204 333400