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Night Zookeeper: harnessing dyslexic children’s creativity

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Wonky Star’s Night Zookeeper is an educational online platform that inspires children to be creative through writing. By interacting with an exciting and unique world filled with magical creatures and evil monsters, Night Zookeeper encourages nervous students to express themselves, and supports everyone to develop their best writing.

Children enjoy interacting with Night Zookeeper’s fantasy universe. And now the team wants to take their success one step further by helping children fight a real-world monster: dyslexia.

Raising attainment for everyone

In a class of 30 pupils dyslexia can be difficult for teachers to spot. By adding an auto-assessment feature to the platform Wonky Star aims to make it much easier. Over 200,000 stories have been published to the website in a month and, through online auto-assessment, Night Zookeeper could identify those children whose writing shows signs of dyslexia. Early detection means early support, so teachers can give them the assistance they need straight away.

It’s great news for other students too. Auto-assessment could identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses to build the foundations of better writing. The National Literacy Trust says that literacy skills are the key to future happiness. With funding from Nominet Trust, Night Zookeeper can offer a fresh stepping stone to future success.

Night Zookeeper has been approved for funding from Nominet Trust. Funding is subject to successfully completing our project initiation process.