Expert support and dedication changed Harvinder's life. In the past class teachers may have been confused by the student whose consistent underachievement seems due to what may look like carelessness or lack of effort. Harvinder enrolled at NewVIc in 2010 to the Level 2 Childcare course. He demonstrated a huge passion for working with children. During his initial interview he raised concerns about his struggles with reading and writing. Having had no previous assessments, he was assessed and diagnosed as being one of the most severely dyslexic students at NewVIc.
Despite Harvinder's dyslexia, he completed his Level 2 Childcare course with an A* grade and then progressed onto Level 3 Childcare, achieving an incredible B grade. His diligent and committed attitude has helped him go far despite the barrier of being severely dyslexic. Harvinder never let his dyslexia get in the way of his education.
"As his former tutor and teacher, we are all incredibly proud of this young man's achievements. Having been a teacher at NewVIc for ten years, Harvinder's journey and progression is one of the most heartfelt and proudest moments of my career. This is why we are here and this is what we are very good at; support and care for each and every one of our students at NewVIc."
Tutorial Manager - Newham Sixth Form College
Since NewVIc, Harvinder went straight into full-time work and has recently written and published a book on his journey with dyslexia. In his book "Consequences of Neglecting Dyslexia - Dyslexia Matters" he has dedicated a chapter on how NewVIc has helped him get to his end goal today.
"I would like to say thanks to my CACHE teacher Emma, who interviewed me when I applied for the course and asked me a very important question -‘have you been tested for dyslexia?'- after I informed her I could not read or write. Thanks for understanding that I had dyslexia and for arranging support throughout my studies with support staff Annabelle so it would be easier for me. NewVIc believed in me, told me that I would be a great child care worker and that I had the right skills and attitude to pursue this. My new book details my life experience with dyslexia as a student and in my social life."
Harvinder Doal - NewVIc Alumni and author of "Consequences of Neglecting Dyslexia - Dyslexia Matters"
At NewVIc all students are assessed for any additional learning support needs when they apply. Symptoms are identified immediately and a support care plan is put together for that student. In order to be able to teach according to each student's educational needs, it is essential to see each student as a whole person, complete with individual strengths and weaknesses.
Dyslexia is very common in the UK, 10% of the population are dyslexic with 4% severely affected. People suffering from dyslexia have many strengths such as oral skills, comprehension, good visual spatial awareness and artistic abilities.
Harvinder's book is available to buy online