A respected peer from the House of Lords has visited pupils at Lichfield’sMaple Hayes Dyslexia School to hand out end of year awards.

Lord Storey, a Liberal Democrat politician who became a Life Peer in 2010 and is currently the party’s spokesman on education, arts and regeneration in the House of Lords, visited pupils at the specialist school for their awards day.

Lord Storey, who worked as a teacher and headteacher for 40 years before focusing on his political career,  was given a guided tour of the Abnalls Lane school to find out more about the unique ‘icon’ system they use in teaching young dyslexics.

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown, and Principal Dr Neville Brown were able to demonstrate their alternative approach to teaching literacy to the former headteacher. Instead of teaching using phonics, the school uses the ‘morphological approach’ which involves the use of icons so students are able to remember the formation of the words.

Pupils were then treated to a glittering awards afternoon where Lord Storey presented each child with an award ranging from sporting to academic achievements.

Lord Storey praised their hard work and determination in achieving despite having dyslexia and overcoming their difficulties.

He told them: “You  have all done fantastically well and you have also got the most amazing support from your teachers, family and parents and they deserve recognition too. Well done to all and to the school leavers, I wish you all the luck for your future.”

Dr Daryl Brown thanked Lord Storey for travelling from Liverpool for the day and attending the ceremony.

The school, which has a roll of 120 students aged between seven and 17-years-old, was founded in 1982 by Dr Neville Brown, the school Principal.

PR by Clive Reeves Birmingham

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