Coeducational State Secondary School in East Sussex, age range 11-16
This school was looking for a solution to the problem of how to reach students who are already behind when they start secondary school. It has a number of students who are not meeting targets, a minority of which also have specific learning difficulties. It found Units of Sound to be helpful with students who had dyslexia, but also with students who have gaps in their phonetic knowledge which had not been identified or addressed in primary school. They valued the way in which Units of Sound allowed teenagers to go back to basics and fill in knowledge gaps with privacy. This helped with student self-esteem in two ways: by solving the problem and by maintaining student integrity.
“All the students I have worked with on the program have been closely monitored and regularly tested. The vast majority have increased their standardised score in reading and spelling when using Units of Sound as part of a literacy withdrawal scheme of work. Units of Sound…is a very valuable tool.”
Academy Secondary School, Hampshire (age range 11-16)
This school had 52 students working on Units of Sound when asked to give feedback. They are impressed with the program because it is tailored to the needs and ability of each individual student. Units of Sound is useful because students can focus on the areas they particularly need to work on and at their own speed; students like it because they can work independently and go over things as much as they need to. This school finds that the way the program is separated into three separate levels helps to give the students a sense of progress and also the fact that it is in four skill strands gives the students variety and reinforces learning.
“It’s a great program which allows pupils to work at their own speed and level so you can have pupils of different abilities in the same groups. The pupils are generally positive about the program and they love moving on to the next level.”
Independent School in Wales (age range 3-18)
This is a non-selective private school and is one of the highest performing schools in Wales. It was looking for a program to support dyslexic students and boost literacy skills, including extended writing, for non-dyslexic students.
They found that the multi-sensory nature of the program makes it effective for students with dyslexia, and that those students who are demotivated also like the program. They found the resources are useful in giving pupils feedback; particularly in reinforcing punctuation and developing proofreading skills.
“As a department, we monitor our pupils’ overall progress in literacy skills development by annual standardized assessment…. These standardized tests will not reflect [fully] the range of Units of Sound experience that individuals have had.”
Appleford School: Comprehensive, varied and individualized – the optimum, user-friendly tool for pupils at Appleford to make progress in spelling. Provides measurable outcomes for formative and summative assessment. Crosses all the T’s and dots all the i’s!