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Educating Greater Manchester pupil brands dyslexia his ‘superpower’ as he learns to embrace learning difficulty

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Jacob didn’t like that his dyslexia made him ‘different’ (Picture: Channel 4)

Educating Greater Manchester pupil Jacob overcame his struggle to accept his dyslexia in tonight’s episode of the Channel 4 show and gave a rousing speech where he called it his ‘superpower’.

The Year 7 student didn’t want any help for his learning difficulty through the likes of reading pens, but after a heart-to-heart with headteacher Mr Povey, he decided to see it through a different lens.

It wasn’t long before Jacob embraced his ‘difference’ and stood up in front of his classmates to tell them about it.

‘I worry because everyone thinks I’m different because I’ve got this disability. I can’t spell,’ Jacob shared.

‘I was doing this thing and I couldn’t write it and everyone started laughing saying, “You can’t spell”, but they didn’t know I had something wrong with me and it hurt me.

‘It was like a disability, something that made me different that I didn’t like. But after I got speaking about it, it’s not a disability.’

Jacob branded his learning difficulty his ‘superpower’ in a speech to his classmates (Picture: Channel 4)

Jacob continued: ‘Dyslexia makes me think differently. Einstein had it, a load of famous people… So now I think about it, I’m okay with it now.

‘Now, to me, dyslexia is a superpower.’

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.

Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.

Elsewhere in tonight’s episode, another Year 7 pupil brought a knife with him to school.

Educating Greater Manchester continues on Tuesday at 9.15pm on Channel 4.

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