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Dealing with dyslexia

ICE'S PRACTICE in dealing with dyslexic at Professional Review compares very favourably, it was revealed last week at Education Training & Membership committee.

A recent meeting to review treatment of the average six dyslexic candidates out of every 300 up for Professional Review sought the opinion of an expert who advises universities on examination procedure for dyslexics. 'When our reviewers mark essays they take dyslexia into account,' said ICE training manager Gareth Jones.

'We have debated whether to give people with dyslexia extra time to do their essays but decided against it. Rightly or wrongly candidates generally like

to keep their dyslexia secret. They don't want their employers to know and would not be in favour of drawing attention to it at the review.'

Reviewers will be lectured afresh on what to look out for in essays and will also be advised how to identify 'charlatans' who feign dyslexia to give themselves an unfair advantage.

'Our main message is that if you are dyslexic let us know and we will take this into account,' said Jones, whose view was echoed by ET&M chairman Peter Guthrie.

'I've known dyslexic candidates who have failed on their essays and were unaware that we take dyslexia into account,' said Guthrie.

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