30/09/2002

McGuinness calls for an agreed way forward for dyslexia

Education Minister, Martin McGuinness has addressed a major conference on educational provision for children with dyslexia today.

Addressing over 170 delegates from across the education sector, Mr McGuinness outlined the major challenges facing those dealing with dyslexia. He also pointed to the need to assist teachers to recognise and deal with pupils with dyslexia as well as detecting the condition as early possible intervention.

The conference was also addressed by Miss Marion Matchett, Chief Inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate, Mrs Hazel Mullan, Chairperson of the Task Group and Mrs Debbie Avington, a teacher advisor from Wales.

The conference, at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn, was organised by the Department of Education to discuss the findings of the Report of the Task Group on Dyslexia, commissioned by the North South Ministerial Council and published in May.

(MB)

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