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Dyslexia and teaching

PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:14 pm
by katie.weston1996

I'm planning on applying for a Social Science PGCE and I'm also in the process of being assessed for dyslexia, which I fully expect will result in a diagnosis of dyslexia.
Once I am qualified and I start applying for teaching jobs, what are the chances of being discriminated against if I declare I am dyslexic before or during an interview?
This isn't about if they would still get the job in an ideal world where no one discriminates against anyone ever, but rather in real life.
I've had mixed responses from people on student forums, some say it might make it so you're more likely to get the job because dyslexic teachers will be more empathetic towards dyslexic students (that's also what the education specialist at my Uni's careers service said as well), but then others have said don't mention it because management will just worry about the applicant not reading students' work properly etc.
I worry about declaring it and not getting a job because I've declared it, but then I also worry about making a mistake because of my dyslexia if I do get a job.

Any suggestions?

Re: Dyslexia and teaching

PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:05 pm
by Amonty95
Hi Katie,

I would just like to say go for it!

I have dyslexia and I am currently training to be a maths teacher, my dyslexia effects my ability to spell. Now while there can be some embarrassing moments when I can not answer a spelling question from one of my students I have found a number of strategies to cope with this. For example I found out which of my students was an excellent speller and I get them to help the others with spelling questions. Another way I cope with this to have a list of key words on my desk ready in case I am asked, I also have someone double check my presentations for mistakes, but spell check is a life saver. I did tell them from the start that spelling isn't my strong suit, so any corrections just shout them at me, they loved that because they get to correct the teacher and I'm not constantly worried about being caught out or embarrassed because I've already told them my greatest weakness.

It really depends on what your dyslexia effects, but I wouldn't say it is a barrier to you becoming a teacher, as an adult you can find ways to cope better than a student and you could inspire them from the start, that it doesn't have to hold them back and what ever weakness you think you have you can over come or work around it.

I don't believe that declaring yourself dyslexia will be an issue when applying for jobs, they cannot discriminate against you for it, and once you've demonstrated your ability otherwise they will be able to assess your fitness for the job based on that.

I would say go for it, this is one of the most rewarding career decisions I have made, I laugh more times in one day than I did in a week before.

Hope this helps