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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

In the Classroom

ReadingClassroom learning at
The Unicorn School is calm, purposeful and productive. 

Class sizes are small with a maximum of 12 pupils per class.  Our teachers are specialists in working with dyslexia and related differences.

Pupils are taught the National Curriculum; we adapt the way we deliver the subject material to make the curriculum accessible to pupils with learning differences.  Classroom strategies develop our pupils’ listening and attention skills; vocabulary; literacy; spelling; numeracy skills and organisational skills.  When speaking in class, teachers are mindful of language and processing difficulties; and adapt their communication approach to make learning inclusive for all pupils.  There is less emphasis on copying from the board; pupils are encouraged to record their work in a variety of ways including, but by no means limited to, handwriting.

Assistive technologies are used as appropriate to pupils’ needs.  Keyboard skills are encouraged, and pupils may use technologies such as text-to-speech and speech-to-text software.

Pupils and teachers support one another and celebrate positive outcomes together, building our pupils’ self-esteem and providing an essential foundation for learning.

Classroom learning is an integral part of our whole-school approach which integrates specialist class teaching; one-to-one tuition; Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  Our staff work closely together to build an integrated, nurturing support network for each individual pupil; helping to bridge the gap between the pupil’s current performance and their potential achievement.