One of the gems thrown up by Twitter recently was the written exchange between a young girl with dyslexia and Michael Gove.

Inspired to take action after watching Nelson Mandela’s funeral, 11 year-old Olivia Loder wrote to Gove to share her experiences at schools in the UK dealing with her dyslexia and the bullying she endured. She told him how she was now receiving the support she needed (and flourishing) in an independent special school especially for children with dyslexia.

With thanks to her parents for permission to put these letters on the blog, they are a useful prompt for all teachers to evaluate just what they are doing and what else they could be doing to help young learners like Olivia.

Olivia’s letter to Michael Gove.pdf

Olivias copy letter to Michael Gove.pdf

Olivia in the Local Paper