Rich in wonder

26th April 1996 at 01:00
We were most interested to read the article on Professor Reuven Feuerstein, "The man who can work wonders" (TES, April 12). His theories of instrumental enrichment have, indeed, a great deal to offer all pupils, not only those with special needs.

At our school, which has a mix of dyslexic pupils from seven to 16 years, we have decided to have all the staff trained so that all lessons follow the methods advocated by Professor Feuerstein. His belief that the teacher must believe in the child's potential to succeed is very important for our pupils who have failed so often. The exercises for improving poor concentration and impulsiveness, as well as making children plan their strategies for learning play an important role in all aspects of school life. For our younger groups we use "Bright Start", which is based on instrumental enrichment. All children have two to three lessons a week, some in class groups, some taught individually.

It is still too early to make any assessment of progress but the signs are very encouraging. Despite the 140 to 160 hours of study required to learn the complete programme, the staff of Knowl Hill School remain enthusiastic and as anxious as the pupils to tackle the tasks.

ANGELA BAREFORD

Principal

The Knowl Hill School

School Lane

Pirbright, Surrey

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