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    I think my long term goal is to be an ICT teacher. However the problem with myself is that I struggle with dyslexia. I haven't got it very badly like some people do however it does effect me. I am also an undergraduate studying ICT.

    Would a school children, a school or UNI (QTS) really want a teacher that's dyslexic?

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    My English literature teacher at secondary school was dyslexic. He was really cool and nobody ever spoke of it in a derogatory manner.
    You'll be fine!
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    Yes.
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    (Original post by urbanlocations)
    I think my long term goal is to be an ICT teacher. However the problem with myself is that I struggle with dyslexia. I haven't got it very badly like some people do however it does effect me. I am also an undergraduate studying ICT.

    Would a school children, a school or UNI (QTS) really want a teacher that's dyslexic?

    Dyslexia should not hinder you from becoming a teacher, provided:
    • You have GCSE English (C or above).
    • You have a degree
    • You can pass the Literacy and Numeracy skills tests (shouldn't be a problem - they're a much lower level than GCSE).
    • Your literacy is good enough that you can still model correct use of English to pupils/correct them when necessary - as the teacher standards say that you must "take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher's specialist subject.


    I don't think it should be a huge barrier at all. You just have to be prepared to double check (or get someone else to check) important communications, and respond graciously if a pupil points out you've made a spelling mistake on the board or whatever. I always think making mistakes can be a positive (so long as you then correct them and don't get defensive about it) as pupils can see that whilst you are a subject expert, you are not superhuman. Making mistakes from time to time makes you a more realistic role model for kids.

    The thing I would be concerned about is your chosen subject, as to the best of my knowledge ICT is dying a death at the moment and being phased out of a lot of schools. Computer Science is on the rise though, so if you can make sure some of your degree modules are geared up in that direction you might be able to shift across into teaching that.
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    (Original post by urbanlocations)
    I think my long term goal is to be an ICT teacher. However the problem with myself is that I struggle with dyslexia. I haven't got it very badly like some people do however it does effect me. I am also an undergraduate studying ICT.

    Would a school children, a school or UNI (QTS) really want a teacher that's dyslexic?

    Iagree that your dyslexia shouldn't stop you. I am currently on a teachertraining course, and have found that my university has been really helpful insupporting me with assignments. I have one to one support each week, which hasbeen really great to help me meet the requirements for the QTS. ICT is a greatskill to be able to bring into the classroom. Go for it!
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    (Original post by TerrificTeacher)
    Iagree that your dyslexia shouldn't stop you. I am currently on a teachertraining course, and have found that my university has been really helpful insupporting me with assignments. I have one to one support each week, which hasbeen really great to help me meet the requirements for the QTS. ICT is a greatskill to be able to bring into the classroom. Go for it!
    Thanks for this!!! I currently have a study coach too!!

    How do they support you regarding teachers?
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    (Original post by urbanlocations)
    I think my long term goal is to be an ICT teacher. However the problem with myself is that I struggle with dyslexia. I haven't got it very badly like some people do however it does effect me. I am also an undergraduate studying ICT.

    Would a school children, a school or UNI (QTS) really want a teacher that's dyslexic?

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    I teach with dyslexia. The only thing that is affects me really with is that I misepell words but my pupils seem OK with it and I have to double check my spelling all the time.

    I wasn't the only one. I was one of five who had dyslexia on my course. The Uni were really supportive and help us all a lot. So I don't know why it should be a problem. If you have managed to get though school with no problem, why should it affect anything else now.
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    I'm not diagnosed but quite obviously dyslexic

    What areas do you struggle in!
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    (Original post by Sportycb)
    I teach with dyslexia. The only thing that is affects me really with is that I misepell words but my pupils seem OK with it and I have to double check my spelling all the time.

    I wasn't the only one. I was one of five who had dyslexia on my course. The Uni were really supportive and help us all a lot. So I don't know why it should be a problem. If you have managed to get though school with no problem, why should it affect anything else now.
    Thanks for the reply!! Do you do teaching in secondary or primary?
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    Hi,
    I googled your question and found the info below, which looks quite supportive. I can't see a date though. Hope it helps.
    https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/student...ndteachers.pdf
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    The biggest barrier here is that ICT is dead as a subject in schools. Computer Science has replaced it.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    The biggest barrier here is that ICT is dead as a subject in schools. Computer Science has replaced it.
    I thought it was still dying.
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    I have friends who teach media and science with severe dyslexia. I myself am dyslexic and dyspraxic and am about to start my PGCE for Primary. I also am about to get my MA Hons in English Language.

    Dyslexia is only a problem if you let it be, and certainly shouldn't be an automatic barrier to teaching. In fact I've found that it gives me a unique insight into helping children.
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    I thought it was still dying.
    Well yes but you can hear the death rattle.
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    (Original post by urbanlocations)
    I think my long term goal is to be an ICT teacher. However the problem with myself is that I struggle with dyslexia. I haven't got it very badly like some people do however it does effect me. I am also an undergraduate studying ICT.

    Would a school children, a school or UNI (QTS) really want a teacher that's dyslexic?

    I was just on the TES forum boards when I saw something which made think of you.
    Unfortunately this forum won't let me copy and paste! Oh well if you go to community.tes.com you will find under 'Worksplace' in the 'Special Educational Needs' section a thread called: "My New Blog - about being a dyselxic teacher".

    There is a link to her blog there maybe it will help you too.
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    Absolutely!! One of my bio teachers Is dyslexic and, although she can't always remember spellings of key words, she's a really good teacher 😀


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    my biology teacher is dyslexic.
    my chemistry teacher is dyslexic.

    they are both some of the best teachers at the school.
    spelling can be learnt.
 
 
 
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