When John began literacy classes, he was assessed as below Entry Level standard, diagnosed with dyslexia and was only able to complete three out of 40 questions in his initial assessment.
He was working as a digger at Hove Cemetery and became known to tutor, Angela, from Central Sussex College, as she was teaching on site. John was initially very nervous, but eventually expressed his desire to learn to read and become computer literate. John joined Angela’s literacy class in January 2009 and has since passed an Entry Level 1 assessment and is working towards Entry Level 2. His confidence has greatly improved and he gained huge cheers and applause when he read unaided to an audience at a recent learning celebration.
Thanks to his 100% attendance and increase in skills, John now has an email address and is able to write brief notes to friends. John said, “Since I have been going to classes it has made such a difference. When I think of all the years wasted. And now I feel more confident and have something to achieve.”