A large range of international films about dyslexia are freely available on the internet. They are set within different educational contexts, policies, legislation and approaches which do not always reflect the inclusive Scottish educational context of Curriculum for Excellence and collaborative assessment for dyslexia. However, they can support professional reflection and self-evaluation.
Below a small selection has been highlighted.
A film of Sir Jackie Stewart, President of Dyslexia Scotland, speaking at the re-launch of the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit 8th March 2017, can be viewed here. To view all films from the 2017 and 2010 launches, click here.
1. Cathy Magee and Fran Foreman introduce this series of 7 Professional learning films about the Making Sense Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice Programme. This first film provides an overview introduction to a series of professional learning films developed by members of the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit working group as well as practitioners who received their GTCS Professional Recognition Awards in Dyslexia and inclusive practice in January 2020 from the Deputy First Minister. The films were made possible with the support of the Scottish Government and are aimed at specialist teachers and probationer mentors who wish to deepen their own knowledge in dyslexia and inclusive practice and to train others in their areas. View the film.
2. Vivien Moorhouse shares her experience of doing Module 1: Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice - reflecting on what motivated her, the learning outcomes, experience of doing the module and the impact on practice, learners, families and colleagues. View the film.
3. Fran Foreman outlines Module 2: Supporting dyslexia, inclusive practice and literacy – including the background to its development, the learning outcomes and impact on practice. View the film.
4. Liz O’Donoghue shares her experience of doing the Module 3: Dyslexia: Identification and Support - reflecting on what motivated her, the learning outcomes, experience of doing the module and the impact on practice, learners, families and colleagues. View the film.
5. Susan Miller reflects on her experience of undertaking the national Dyslexia and inclusive practice Professional Recognition pilot and the focus areas of her Practitioner Enquiry and the outcomes achieved. View the film.
6. Louise Elder reflects on her experience of undertaking the national Dyslexia and inclusive practice Professional Recognition pilot, the focus areas of her Practitioner Enquiry, ‘Using Technology in Writing’ and the outcomes achieved. View the film.
7. Catherine Roger and Debbie Thomson reflect on how the Dyslexia and Inclusive practice implementation resource was used in East Ayrshire, including their motivation for using it and the impact on practice in their local authority. View the film.
Dyslexia Explained: What's It Like Being Dyslexic?
Running time: 07:15mins
An animated film created by the company ‘Nessy’ highlighting the negative impact arising from unidentified dyslexia and how things can improve. Please note that this film is not set within the Scottish context of curriculum for excellence and collaborative assessment however it provides useful information to support professional reflection.
Running time: 11:07mins
‘Hidden Potential’ a new short film on dyslexia to mark Dyslexia Awareness Month (October 2016) made by Eamonn McMahon, with some support from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind - Dean Bragonier - TEDx Talks
Running time: 16:51mins
Dean Bragonier offers a different take on Dyslexia. By looking at the unique mindset of Dyslexics as a strength, Dean reframes a perceived weakness as a powerful tool and teaches us all an important lesson about the power of an open mind. This talk links to the entitlement of an accessible curriculum for learners who are dyslexic in Scotland and the support and information provided to Scottish teachers from CALL Scotland.