Category Archives: Dore

Dore on R4, transcripts available

Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for
dyslexia has gone bust.’ Broadcast on Friday 15th August.

In which we learned that:

Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at Oxford University has a colleague who uses the Dore Balsall Common study as a training exercise for undergraduate students. This was also the primary purpose of looking at the Dore research for the course I teach. Then it became a news story.

Kenny Logan, who has frequently endorsed the Dore programme as helping with his dyslexia, is a director of Dore’s parent company – Camden Holdings Limited.

Transcript of the John Waite’s investigation now available from this link. BBC Radio 4

Transcript of You and Yours 19.05.2008 interview with Kenny Logan.

From the archive

“On Friday 23.05.2008 the Dore company, based in Kenilworth Warwickshire, closed it’s UK operation with the loss of 50 jobs and placed the company in the hands of advisors.”


Dore on R4

‘Fri 15th August You and Yours, 12.00-1.00pm
12.30: Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for
dyslexia has gone bust.’

On BBC Radio 4

and listen again for 7 days



Given  their previous reporting on Dore, which was just embarrassing for an investigative consumer affairs programme, it’s to be hoped You and Yours ‘fess up, Face the Facts and decently credit the Dore bloggers for reporting this story.

Previous Dore coverage and links on this site grouped under Categories

Dore documentary

– We’ve been sent a great set of links about  Dore  by Brainduck, one of the bloggers who have been applying scientific evaluation to the Dore claims.
– Links from Brainduck are in ‘Dore, bloggers, Bad Science‘, scroll down to comments
– Highly recommend the documentary from ABC Australia. It shows the key people, shows the treatment, explains the cerebellum theory, highlights the difference between the research findings and the way they have been represented by Dore marketing. Watch this. It’s a great introduction to the issues and will give you an overview which will help your understanding of the research papers.
– On the ABC site download from ‘video on demand’ link at right, scroll down. Flash or WMP. Some breakup in the streaming on my connection.
– ABC provide links to the Dore research papers and a transcript of the programme.
– Documentary makers need to understand the research and produce a balanced account (or they would have been hit by a successful libel action).
– Wouldn’t it be great if all documentaries included links to the source documents?
– It’s a science programme, therefore includes de rigueur neural-looking CGI sequence. Like a Matrix out-take. Do neural pathways really look like this? Do we know? OK, being a bit literal. It shows where the cerebellum is.
– As Brainduck points out, TV had a huge negative impact on Dore sales in Australia. Broadcast reaches a mass audience. Bloggers have a specific readership. That said, journalists and documentary makers use the web for research, so a blog can be influential beyond readership numbers.
ABC documentary: The Behaviour Business

Dore, bloggers and Bad Science

It would be gratifying to report that the recent suspension of activities by the Dore company was the direct result of a better public understanding of research methods.

Unfortunately, it is not quite as clear cut as that. The direct cause of Dore’s demise seems to be financial. First Australian, then UK and USA operations have been suspended following unsustainable losses rather than methodological concerns. Continue reading Dore, bloggers and Bad Science

Compare and contrast

Compare the use of research in a commercially marketed treatment programme with a critique using standard methods for evaluating research evidence.

Research links from the Dore website

A page of selected results showing improvements in pupil’s scores for reading, SATs and attention symptoms. University and Education Authority studies are cited. In particular, papers published in Dyslexia, a peer reviewed journal, add credence to the claim that
“At Dore we are totally committed to researching the causes of learning difficulties and finding the best and most accessible way of eradicating them.” Continue reading Compare and contrast

Dore ‘miracle cure’

Winford Dore: ‘Dyslexia- The Miracle Cure’

Kenny Logan is a rugby player who has suffered from dyslexia. On BBC 4’s You and Yours he talks about being labelled as thick at school, the struggle to conceal his disability and the excitement of learning to read. He attributes his reading achievement to the Dore method. It is mentioned at the end of his interview. Note also non-commital comments by the Chief Executive of the British Dyslexia Association. Continue reading Dore ‘miracle cure’