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Dyslexia and teaching

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by katie_weston1996, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. katie_weston1996

    katie_weston1996 New commenter


    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?
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Dyslexia is a spectrum - how high/low on the spectrum are you? Does it affect your ability to read other's work (because you'll have to mark students' work)? Does it affect your own writing ability (because you'll need to write feedback on students' work)? If the answers to these questions are 'yes', then uni and employers need to know, because they'll need to work with you to find ways of dealing with these issues. If the answer is 'no', then they don't need to know.

    You will not be more likely to get a job because of dyslexia - you will be employed on the basis of your interview lesson and interview, and any other assessments carried out on the day. Being sympathetic to dyslexic students will not help you to plan lessons well, set high expectations, manage behaviour, etc. - these are the things schools are looking for.

    The only thing you 'declare' on job application is if you have a disability, so that the school can make reasonable adjustments for you on the interview day if necessary. If you need extra time in exams, and the interview will involve a written test, then you may wish to make them aware that you have a requirement of extra time.
  3. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Im dyslexic, and although i struggle sometimes, modern technology does help. I have now been happily teaching for 11 years without much of a problem. Admittedly i dont teach English, and i dont need to grade grammer or spelling as part of my everyday work. I also work overseas and have been doing so for 10 years.

    Its never held me back, and hopefully it wont hold you back either.

    Good luck.
  4. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    First things first. Dyslexia is *not* an illness so referring to it as a diagnosis is not accurate. You are not ill , you just have a brain that handles things in a way that is noticeably different to the normal range.

    As for the rest of your post I'm dyslexic and have always been happy to inform employers. I've generally not had any problems, heard the odd really asinine statement but that's about it.
  5. missRV

    missRV Occasional commenter

    I'm severely dyslexic and had no problem getting jobs or on a PGCE :) I'm also half way through my M.ED

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