IDL for Secondary Schools

IDL Literacy is widely used in secondary schools, and is particularly effective for aiding transition between the last year of primary and the first year of secondary school.  If both schools have our software, we can simply transfer a pupil’s ‘learning account’ from one to the other, removing the need to assess for an IDL entry point in Year 7 - pupils will just pick up where they left off in Year 6, providing stability and familiarity for them.

Most secondary schools use IDL with small intervention groups at set times during the school day – students leave their subject class for a recommended 15 minute session to work on IDL, returning with as little disruption as possible.  If this isn’t viable, sessions can take place at morning/afternoon registration as one alternative option, and can also be completed at home on a pc, laptop or iPad at no extra cost.

Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, often working at KS2 level and sometimes at KS1, can really benefit from IDL’s structured multi-sensory approach to learning.  Many of our secondary schools report significant progress in reading and spelling within a short period of time, substantially impacting on progress in other subjects and improving learning independence.

For Y10 and 11 pupils, IDL can be used to ‘boost’ reading and spelling skills in preparation for GCSEs.  The optional ‘spelling lessons’ are particularly useful at this point, addressing subject specific vocabulary in core subjects such as Maths and Science.

Tracking student progress for both individual students and groups is easy for teachers and simple to access - data is available in both graph and written format.  The information is easy to read and understand - really useful for presenting results to parents, the management team or school governors.

The Effectiveness of IDL Literacy - A Summary of Research

In recent years IDL Literacy has undergone significant development and growth – moving from a one-to-one learning model to a multi-sensory independent learning programme. This change has hugely extended the reach and usability of IDL, with the number of learners using the intervention increasing year-on-year. With this in mind, we have reviewed research findings into the effectiveness of the IDL programme to see if it is still a proven solution for increasing reading and spelling ability of pupils with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

The Effectiveness of IDL Literacy - A Summary of Research

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