Alexandria achieved higher levels in her SATs tests thanks to one-to-one tutoring with Dyslexia Action.

Alex, 11, from Coalpit Heath, is not severely dyslexic but her mum realised something was wrong when she noticed a difference in her reading ability, compared to her older siblings when they were her age.

“At school her results were not reflecting her intelligence and her writing didn’t make any sense”, commented her mum Sarah.
When Alex was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia in Year 2 her mum was told about Dyslexia Action.

“Alex had a lot of support from Dyslexia Action and she learnt a lot. Her teacher gave her confidence in what she was doing.  All her results started to improve at school and everything finally began to click. She certainly wouldn’t have done as well in her SATs otherwise. She achieved a Level 4 in English and a 5 in maths.”

Alex’s desire to write also improved and just before Christmas she asked her mum to post a letter for her that she had written to Blue Peter asking them to raise awareness about dyslexia. Makers of the TV programme liked her letter so much that she was awarded a Blue Peter badge and Blue Peter editor Tim Levell sent Alex a personal letter praising her determination to help others. He said: “Thank you for your letter about your dyslexia and how you’d like to raise more awareness for dyslexia. We thought it was so interesting, we’re awarding you a Blue Peter badge which we hope you’ll enjoy wearing.”

Alex is very proud of her badge and her mum says she is now proud of her dyslexia. “She sees it as an advantage rather than a disadvantage as she likes to feel slightly different,” Sarah added.

Alex is now receiving support from her secondary school Winterbourne International Academy which has appointed a new specialist dyslexia teacher who works with the students and provides useful advice to other teachers. The academy is also looking to introduce dyslexic-friendly paper in the student planners by September 2013. Alex said: “Every teacher knows I am dyslexic so if I make several mistakes they understand a bit more – they don’t just think I’m stupid.”

As for Alex, the youngster said if other opportunities arise to raise more awareness of the problems dyslexic children face she will do all she can to help.