In February 2018, 11-year-old Tom Gregory will start high school, along with thousands of other kids his age. Naturally he is apprehensive about the change, but behind the nerves lies a weary cynicism. “I won’t get to sit the HSC,” he tells me, sadly.
Like 10 per cent of the population, Tom is dyslexic. Broadly defined as a “learning difference” it typically affects reading and spelling. Tom has an alternative definition: “If you’re dyslexic it means that your brain works differently. Some things, like reading and writing, can be really overwhelming. But it also means you think outside the box.”