In an article in Tatler magazine’s January edition, Glenalmond is described as “brilliant” in its handling of the complex field of educational neurodiversity.
With dyslexia now believed to affect ten per cent of the population and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affecting three percent – added to the numbers of those diagnosed with conditions including dyspraxia, dyscalculia and autistic spectrum disorder – there is an increasingly loud ‘voice’ to these conditions.
Tatler highlights the proactivity of Learning Support departments within the private education sector and their acceptance and encouragement of those children who are: “Just zipped up a bit differently.”
The piece mentions brilliant minds such as code-breaker Alan Turing, entrepreneur Jo Malone and businessman Sir Charles Dunstone, all of whom suffered with dyslexia, together with pop-sensation, Justin Timberlake and Olympic hero Michael Phelps, both of whom have ADHD.
The article details the case of one boy who recently left school with 9A*s and an A having gone to his private school unable to write.
Tatler says: “It seems that once the 11+ or 13+ is out of the way, the private-school landscape improves hugely in terms of (Learning Support) provision.”