Success Stories

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What do Parents Say?

“My son’s reading is coming on very well and I have noticed a definite increase in his self-confidence as a result.”

“Max’s class teacher said they have seen a massive improvement in his attainment in the past year and that he is now on target for getting a level 4B English in his SATs.”

“His teachers also noticed the difference with his spelling and the amount of work he produced without his writing getting messy and him so tired. I can only put that down to the support he received through Units of Sound.”

“I just wanted to say thank you, because my daughter’s reading, writing and overall confidence with literacy has come on in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years.”

“Thank you so very much for making the access to your programme possible for my daughter.  She went from primary school level to GCSE in just 8 months, and Units of Sound played a large part in that. She now reads to herself before bedtime! It is slow work for her, but she does it.  She also reads her plumbing course book, even the bit she doesn’t ‘have to’.  This would not have all happened without this support.”

“We love Units of Sound.”

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Adult Learning

Westminster Drug Project, London

Westminster Drug Project is a leading UK charity that provides drug and alcohol recovery. In two of its community centres, where many clients have negative associations with learning and have missed out on schooling, Units of Sound has been invaluable.

One service user said, “I wish I had done this at an earlier age…it should be available to all”. He also said, “It changed my attitude – I am now more prepared to listen to professionals”.

Another man summed up why Units of Sound is so beneficial: “What I enjoyed about using the computer to improve my spelling is that I can just get on with it myself. I’m not being judged by anyone”.

Other clients said…

“I embraced it”
“I wish I had done this at an earlier age”
“It was tremendously helpful”
“My computer and keyboard skills improved, as well as literacy and confidence”
“I felt educated… stimulated”
“I learnt more with this than I did at school”
“It gave me more confidence to apply for jobs. I don’t know if I would have done this without the programme”

What staff had to say…

Tutors working with their clients on Units of Sound were very impressed with the program and clearly saw improvements in self-esteem:

“It gave reassurance to clients that they were better than they thought they were”.
“It enhanced self-esteem, confidence and added value”
“Concentrating on this twice a week helped people maintain abstinence”

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Primary Schools

Primary in East Sussex: If I was asked to recommend Units of Sound to another school I most certainly would do so. It is already showing benefits for our pupils, and the confidence they are growing with using this scheme is outstanding. Visually seeing their progress really helps them realise it is all worth it, and that they will get better and better.

Primary in Scotland: It is easy to administer and children are highly motivated by the programme. The children quickly learn to use it independently. The structure of activities promotes overlearning and helps develop skills quickly so that children’s confidence is increased. I would definitely recommend it.

We have very much appreciated being able to introduce Units of Sound into our school. We are still in the early stages, but it has become a very useful tool in supporting pupils with literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and one which we see ourselves using more and more. The support provided by Dyslexia Action has been invaluable.

Primary in Gloucestershire: We encourage the children and their parents to make use of it regularly at home, especially during long school breaks such as the summer holiday.

It covers a lot of ground in a short session and is very structured…it encourages the children to focus as there is no other distraction within the programme, compared to some other more games-based programmes.

I like the spelling test at the end of each spelling section and it’s very useful to be able to save these in a folder on the computer.

Primary in south east London: Some comments from parents: My son tells me in the morning, “I’m going to my Units of Sound today, so please can we be on time?”

My daughter thinks she’s doing really well.

Units of Sound is definitely helping her. She seems more confident. She used to hate reading, she loves reading now….she still struggles and her spelling is atrocious…but she loves Units of Sound, anything computer-based.

He [son] sprints across the playground, so I’m presuming he likes going to the Units of Sound sessions.

My son’s been doing Units of Sound for several years now, he really loves it.

Usually my son hates doing anything, but this is computer-based, with 10 kids not 30, it’s a haven for him.

Teacher in Bradford: I really like being able to sit at my computer at home and see exactly what my students have done in their session.  This means that I can re-set pages easily and flip between UofS management and their lesson plan.  Keep up with the good work.

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Secondary Schools

West Midlands: The students love it, completely enthusiastic. We also trialled it with a group of reluctant Year 8 readers…They loved Units of Sound and made progress.

Community College: Units of Sound is easy to set up and use in short time slots, which means I can put more students on the programme.

Units of Sound not only helps dyslexic students to increase their reading and spelling levels, it also helps students who have gaps in their phonetic knowledge. Being able to take them back to the most basic lessons, on a personalised programme and in complete privacy, is very valuable.

The vast majority of students have increased their standardised score in reading and spelling when using Units of Sound as part of a literacy scheme of work.

Independent School: The multisensory nature of the programme makes it effective.

Dictation is useful in giving students feedback, and for one [student], who has handwriting difficulties,…is proving particularly useful in reinforcing punctuation and developing the proof reading skills that he needs for exams.

Oasis Academy Southampton: Some of our SEND students work particularly well on it because they can work independently and go over things as much as they need to. It is good for our EAL students too as they get to hear the correct pronunciation of sounds and words.

It’s a great programme which allows pupils to work at their own speed and level, so you can have students of different abilities in the same groups. The way it is broken into three levels helps to give the students a sense of progress.

Appleford School: Comprehensive, varied and individualised – 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!