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Dyslexia Awareness Week, 3 – 9 November 2014

Dyslexia Awareness Week is an annual national event that aims to raise awareness of dyslexia, but also to celebrate the amazing achievements of people with dyslexia.

The theme of this year’s event is Dyslexia Matters………..

  • To the  1 in 10 people in the UK affected by dyslexia;
  • Because with early intervention and the right support, people with dyslexia can reach their full potential;
  • At school and at work, making the environment dyslexia friendly can benefit everyone.

Events are taking place all over Scotland this week. More information is available on the website of Dyslexia Scotland.


Scottish Learning Festival 2014

This FREE event takes place this year on  Wednesday 24th  and Thursday 25th September at the SECC, Glasgow.  This year’s theme is Raising achievement and attainment for all with a focus on maximising educational outcomes through early intervention and prevention, health and wellbeing and employability skills.

As well as being the largest education exhibition in Scotland, this event offers free seminars, keynote speakers and opportunities to discuss and network with colleagues.

Visit the SLF website to find out more and to register for the Festival.

Kidz Scotland: free event, 11th September 2014

Kidz Exhibitions are the largest FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children with disabilities and additional support needs, their parents and carers, and the people who support them.

The event takes place at the Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh on Thursday 11th September from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Over 120 exhibitors will attend the event, offering advice and information on mobility, seating, bathing, transport, communication, funding for equipment, leisure activities – and much more.

A full programme of FREE seminars on a wide range of issues will run alongside the exhibition. For more information and to download a free ticket, click on the link below:
Kidz Scotland

Let’s Talk ASN

Let’s Talk ASN is a new service for the parents of children with additional support needs who may require support in relation to a dispute with an education authority.  The service offers specialist independent advocacy for parents who are considering making a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal Scotland, and every case is supervised by an experienced Education Law Solicitor.

Let’s Talk ASN is a joint initiative of Govan Law Centre and Kindred.

To contact the service or to find out more:
Let’s Talk ASN, c/o Govan Law Centre, 18-20 Orkney Street, Glasgow  G51 2BZ
0141 445 1955

Common Ground Mediation – 5 Year Celebration

Guests at celebration event
Guests at celebration event in Scottish Parliament

On Tuesday 4th September 2012 an event took place in the Scottish Parliament to celebrate Common Ground Mediation’s 5th birthday. Sarah Boyack MSP kindly hosted the event, and speakers included Alison Raeburn, Principal Officer (ASN) from West Lothian Council’s Education Services, and Lesley Fairley, mediator. The “Top Ten” achievements of Common Ground Mediation over the last 5 years were outlined, including not only mediation work but also delivery of training about conflict resolution to local authority staff, delivery of peer mediation training in a number of primary schools, and consultation with children and young people about proposed changes to their education provision.
Additional Support Needs Mediation focuses on trying to rebuild effective relationships and partnerships between parents and school staff, so that they can work together to support the child’s learning. Common Ground Mediation is pleased to have made a contribution towards restoring trust and rebuilding positive relationships.