This book has been wri tten as a practical aid to help pupils, their parents and mai nstream Icachers to o vercome some of the barriers dys lex ia can present in the mainstream Engli sh classroom. It is not intended 10 be an academic refere nce book. Our ideas are based on real day-ta-day teaching experience and the way we believe dyslex ic learners should be supponed in the secondary school. We are concerned with the whole chi ld and therefore we have stressed throughout the book ways in which dys lexic pupi ls can become confident and happy learners. Our approaches and methods e nsure that the anxieties that arc so metimes experienced when tcaching dys lex ic learners for the first time in the rnainSiream English classroom can be allayed. We ai m to prov ide the confidence to ·have a go' based 011 what has worked for lI i> . Once staff have taught pupil s with dyslexia they see the pupils' strengths and weaknesses for themselves.