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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what research is being undertaken into dyslexia; what is his policy towards the teaching of dyslexic pupils; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has devoted considerable time and money in the past few years on research into specific learning difficulties. Four research projects were funded, and a seminar was organised; I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the report of the proceedings. Currently, research funding is being channelled towards other areas of disability. Education research tends to identify the teacher rather than the method as the most significant input into successful teaching. The needs of dyslexic pupils are best considered in teachers' in-service courses within the broad framework of pupils with special educational needs.