This statistics was recently reported on the BBC. “Just one in 15 (6.5%) pupils starting secondary school in England “behind” for their age goes on to get five good GCSEs including English and maths, official data shows”.
As a coach I always believe anything is possible and in our experience when someone who has struggled all their lives, they certainly can change their experience by finding a way to learn that suites them. If they keep trying to learn by repeating the same thing that hasn’t worked, they are more than likely to get the same results.
This statistic puts a big onus on the primary schools to ensure that children don’t fall into learning difficulties because they are learning differently to other students in the class. In our experience you can quickly help people better understand their own experience, how they learn and learn the vital skills needed for literacy and numeracy.
Do take a look at Bridges to Success – how to Transform Learning Difficulties. This will give you a very different perspective on various learning difficulties, along with empowering you to help others. The tools are just as appropriate for any age students and adults.