Symbols In Education

Why we use symbols

Symbols provide a visual representation of an idea or word. Children who find difficulty in reading can be helped to visualise the meanings of words by seeing a symbol.

The following pages give five examples from schools in Warwickshire that illustrate some of the value of symbols for specific children.

In the majority of cases of symbol use in mainstream schools we are not symbolising all of the words to be read, but are providing prompts or reminders. The evidence from the Symbols Inclusion(SIP) project is that these really help.

This section will look at case studies where symbols have helped:


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