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Me and Mister P book cover by Maria Farrer

Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer

Me and Mister P book cover by Maria Farrer

Arthur has a lucky crystal which he uses to wish for things.  He tries wishing for a normal family and to be able to watch the cup semi-final without his brother Liam ruining it. He doesn’t wish for a polar bear to come and stay at his house, but that is what he gets!  Fortunately Mister P is a very special polar bear and he turns out to be exactly what the family needed.

Maria Farrer has created a funny, heart-warming story about the Mallows family.  The family are doing ok but, like most families, could do with a little help to get along.  The book contains many funny moments but also deals sensitively with real life situations.  The funny illustrations blend and mix with the story, often adding to the drama.

Stinky fish, a polar bear, ice cream and a camera, who knew these were the perfect ingredients for a laugh out loud book about family life?

You can see a trailer for Maria Farrer's book Me and Mister P here.

If you would like to be considered for a chance to receive one of three free copies of Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer, please register here by Friday 27th January.

You must be over 16 to register and be a UK resident. Three lucky people will be chosen at random to receive a free copy of the book on Friday 27th January 2017.  For complete terms and conditions, please email us.

Book review of Maria Farrer's Me and Mister P by Alison Keeley, Dyslexia Action’s South and Devolved Regions Manager

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Dyslexia Action along with The British Dyslexia Association, Helen Arkell and Patoss are to deliver FREE Teaching for Neurodiversity webinars for teachers and support staff in January - February 2017. These webinars aim to provide valuable training and quality assured information about dyslexia and other SpLD in the classroom.

As part of a Department for Education funded project, the webinars will follow the free ‘Teaching for Neurodiversity, Train the Trainer’ events that took place across England in 2016. All the information covered in the live events will be available as a webinar and supported by downloadable training materials.

The webinars and accompanying resources have been created to enable education staff to cascade their knowledge to colleagues in their particular education setting. However, they are open to anyone who has an interest in finding out more about teaching for neurodiversity.

Amongst other topics, the 3 one hour webinars will explore the range of neurodiversities, how to identify Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) and will also look at strategies to support learners with neurodiversity.

To find out more click here, or register at the links below. 

Primary

Part 1: Register for Seeing the whole picture webinar. 7 - 8pm, 19th January
Part 2: Register for Understanding Neurodiversity webinar. 7 - 8pm, 26th January
Part 3: Register for Classroom support strategies webinar. 7 - 8pm, 31st January

Secondary

Part 1: Register for Seeing the whole picture webinar. 7- 8pm, 19th January
Part 2: Register for Understanding Neurodiversity webinar. 7 - 8pm, 26th January
Part 3: Register for Classroom support strategies webinar. 7- 8pm, 1st February

Post-16

Part 1: Register for Seeing the whole picture webinar. 7 - 8pm, 19th January
Part 2: Register for Understanding Neurodiversity webinar. 7 - 8pm, 26th January
Part 3: Register for Classroom support strategies webinar. 7 - 8pm, 2nd February

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People often ask what is the best font to use for people with dyslexia. But that is the wrong question. Research shows that fonts matter relatively little, although Sans Serif fonts like Arial are slightly better for people with dyslexia than others.

You can do much more to make your texts dyslexia-friendly with two simple adjustments that don’t require you to install anything on your computer.

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Government plans to focus on children struggling to learn

Dyslexia Action is welcoming Government plans to introduce a ‘targeted’ package of support to ensure pupils who struggle with learning are better supported by teachers when they transfer to secondary schools.

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