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Literacy difficulties around reading

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HaveAcuppa Thu 20-Feb-14 16:56:03

I don't know how to handle this situation so looking for some views.
DD (yr8) is in a MS school with 20 hrs statement (Spld, dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory processing, speech & language and sensory ) Lessons are mixed ability but in literacy this year they have pulled out 7 children to do different work. DD is finding this really boring; she states it is too boring, too much talking and I cannot see much evidence of written work happening. They have been spending an hour a week going through basic spelling rules (dd already knows these so doesn't need to practice at these at home) Also hardly any homework set (one piece this half term) I sent an email to the teacher asking what was happening in the lessons and also to whinge about the lack of homework. I stressed DD difficulties and asked for some support in setting extra practice for home.

I have had a reply not really telling me what is happening; just that she is disappointed that I sent the email. She states that DD should have plenty of homework, several hours each week with practicing spellings and also completing her 'book review' booklet. The book review booklet is called Reading for Enjoyment and for children to complete at their own pace. This is not checked weekly and my DD's has not been checked for several weeks. DD hates reading and refuses to! We have tears and tantrums still if I try and force her to read. So this week the teacher has set as proper homework of completed some of the booklet.
DD will not do this! I have calmly approached the situation and given her lots of idea of what she could read as it doesn't need to be a novel, but still she won't attempt it and the results are tears and phrases that she hates reading. The list of books that have been recommended in the booklet are far too advanced for DD and she cannot understand that she could choose a different book. (I am sure she has PDA symptoms)

I feel like writing in her booklet that DD refuses to do this and working on something that will benefit her and help her dyslexia difficulties. She is 13 with a reading comprehension of a 16yrs but she cannot string a sentence together. I am beginning to be at the end of my tether as I keep repeating that 'I' need support to support DD with writing and that homework set in stone on this would help immensely. But they don't provide this, just repeat that the book review booklet will support this (reading & writing) and for us to have discussions with her around books. Both I and DD are tired of trying to do this as it brings out so much anxiety now. I don't know what the way forward is in this case.

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