THREE schools in the Taunton area have been recognised for the way they look after dyslexic children.

They were among nine schools countywide to be awarded Dyslexia Friendly School status by Somerset County Council.

Kingston St Mary and Cheddon Fitzpaine primary schools and Huish Episcopi Science College received the award.

As an official Dyslexia Friendly Authority, Somerset County Council can accredit schools after they have been visited and assessed.

They must demonstrate their ability to identify and respond to the difficulties that a dyslexic learner may encounter, using best practice to help all children make the most of their talents.

There are now 35 schools in the county with the award.

Hilary Cankett, specialist intervention services sanager at Somerset County Council, said: "Great progress is being made across the county is making sure children with dyslexia get excellent support to thrive in our schools.

"Another nine schools meeting the high standards that we insist upon represents a substantial step forward."

Cllr Gloria Cawood, Somerset County Council's portfolio holder for education, added: "As an authority we are committed to raising achievement for all learners and ensuring that all children are given the best possible opportunities to achieve their potential.

"It is important to recognise the hard work of staff, governors parents, and all those involved can feel rightly proud of their achievement."