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Supporting Literacy Difficulties for Learners with Dyslexia in Upper Primary / Early High School

In this course, Shirley will share her expertise and experience of supporting upper primary dyslexic pupils making the transition into high school and encouraging the use of assistive technology to make the jump to 'the big school' less daunting. This is a crucial stage for these pupils - and their families - and there is often a lot of anxiety around the transition and questions about what support will be in place. We will fully explore what assistive technologies exist to support learners with dyslexia. This will be on Windows laptops, iPads and chromebooks as well as other devices that might be used at home such as Android tablets and phones. There will be discussion and demos of built in features of the devices to support reading, writing, spelling and organisation as well as an overview of specific literacy support software, apps and extensions. There will be information provided on how to deliver a digital curriculum should and how to create accessible resources. We will look at the advantages of using cloud based classrooms such as OneNote Digital Class Notebooks for organisation, easy dissemination of resources and to allow dyslexic pupils to use the built in assistive features of the application to read information, revise effectively and for greater productivity.



1st December 2022
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To learn about built in feature of every day devices that can support dyslexic learners.
  • To understand how Text to Speech and Speech to Text can increase independent working.
  • To consider how a digital curriculum can support dyslexic learners.
  • To understand why and how to provide accessible documents and resources.
  • To create a digital transition OneNote notebook to reduce anxiety about starting high school.
  • To access further information, resources and support for dyslexic learners.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Primary and Secondary teachers and Pupil Support Assistants.
  • Support for Learning staff.
  • ITE and PG students and NQTs.
  • Learners, their families and friends.

Meet your presenter(s)

Shirley Lawson
Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).