Newsletter 46


Science Lecture Theatre, Marlborough College

Tuesday 15th November 2011at 7.30pm

Dyslexia, Reading and Synthetic Phonics

Speaker: Joanna Jeffery – Cert Ed, Dip (Dys), AMBDA, MA.

The lecture topics will include dyslexia, phonics and reading, synthetic phonics, government influence on schools and a chance to see ‘Teaching Reading Through Games’.


MDDA Surgeries in Marlborough Library

These take place on the second Saturday of the month (except August) at the library in Marlborough High Street between 10am and 12 noon.

A dyslexia specialist will be present who can offer advice on dyslexia matters and give help in selecting appropriate resources from our huge range of books, games and assessments.


Many thanks to all who helped with Flag Day. Although the collection was a little disappointing this year we still raised £254.00.

Thank you – Susanne Harris (Chairperson)

Useful Websites

With thanks to Special Needs Information Press

Getting the Best out of Boys

Oxford University Press/Gary Wilson’s free kit that is designed to help to get boys reading and writing can be downloaded from


Another website offering FREE resources and where students’ own words can be added to provided word lists:

The BBC Spellit website offers interactive online activities and printable resources which teach strategies, rules and patterns for Years 3 to 6


Dyslexia Awareness Week is 31st October to 6th November

Free Posters can be downloaded from the British Dyslexia Ass website:

 St John’s – Additional Needs Surgeries

These take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 3.30 – 5pm.

The surgery is open to all parents/carers; you do not need to be a MDDA member

Telephone Helen Farrow on 01672 516514

A member of the Additional Education Needs Team will be there to discuss any aspects of your child’s additional support or concerns you might have. When you arrive please sign in at reception. If you have information for the newsletter that would be of interest to MDDA members please email in PDF form to