Cornwall College has become the first further education (FE) college in its county to be awarded the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark.

In the FE sector, the accreditation, from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), is awarded to colleges who meet five standards which focus on areas including management structure, dyslexia identification, resources, staff professional development and partnerships.

Glen Stuart (pictured), who was identified as dyslexic by Cornwall College at 16 and has now returned to study towards A levels at the age of 30, said: “I left school with very limited GCSEs and feeling very thick.

“When I went to study Equine at 16 I discovered that I was dyslexic, not thick. Over the years I have done courses alongside employment but always felt that I hadn’t the education others around me had. I have owned a successful letting agency since 2008 and this has given me the confidence to know that I can do whatever I set my mind to and that I’m obviously not as thick as I thought.”

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