Last week we recognised those who innovate, advocate and empower people living with learning and attentional disorders. Award Recipients: Jane Genovese, Claire Orange, Katrina Bercov, Elena Trethowan, Kristy Auld, Singleton Primary School and Liwara Catholic Primary School. Over coming weeks we will be sharing more about these schools and individuals, the work they do and the awards they received.
Sometimes we are asked why are the Education Awards important, well there are a number of reasons. But, primarily we know that educational disadvantage compounds over time and can impact on an individual’s ability to go on to higher education, secure a job or maintain relationships. Recognising schools and individuals who enable people of all ages to learn, strive and thrive – encourages others to do the same.
This is significant particularly in light of research released in August by Professor Desiree Silva, Telethon Kids Institute, revealing both boys and girls with ADHD are significantly less likely to reach the minimum benchmark scores for numeracy, reading, spelling and writing. Children with ADHD are being disadvantaged from an early age in key areas of learning and this is incredibly concerning because “a child with poor educational outcomes will often go on to struggle in adult life. It can impact their ability to go on to higher education, secure a job or maintain relationships."
Findings snapshot for children with ADHD in year 7
- Numeracy: 28 per cent of boys and 33 per cent of girls with ADHD had numeracy scores below the benchmark in year three, compared to 12 per cent of children without ADHD.
- Reading: 24 per cent of boys and 22 per cent of girls with ADHD had reading scores below the benchmark in year three, compared with 12 per cent of boys and 7 per cent of girls without ADHD.
- Spelling: 42 per cent of boys and 38 per cent of girls with ADHD did not reach the state benchmark in year three, compared with 23 per cent of boys and 13 per cent of girls without ADHD.
- Writing: 22 per cent of boys and 11 per cent of girls failed to meet the benchmark by year three, compared with 8 per cent of boys and 4 per cent of girls without ADHD.
To read the media release Kids with ADHD struggling at School
To read the report from Journal of Learning and Attentional Disorders
WHY THE EDUCATION AWARDS MATTER
Understanding that educational advantage exists is an important step, because first we need to recognise there is a gap and then we can work on closing it. The LADS Education Awards acknowledge those who are doing just that. These positive and proactive award winners have a tangible impact on those living with ADHD and associated conditions, and for this we thank them.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
LADS Learning Differences Week and the LADS Education Awards were made possible with a Community Development Grant from the City of Subiaco. We would also like to thank the following community sponsors and supporters; Rosalie Sporting Association, Hire Society, Cafe 1905 and Suzanne Waldron.
PICTURES FROM THE EVENT