Hartismere School

An outstanding coeducational secondary school and sixth form college

Text, Help, Read and Write

Text to speech software is computer software which can read any text to your child. Text to speech software

Text to speech software is computer software which can read any text to your child. This is especially helpful to pupils who find reading more difficult and would benefit from listening to information. This type of software also helps a student who is able to read most words, but struggles with more technical or complicated vocabulary. It also helps to improve comprehension of text.

You may also find that text to speech is built into your system as an accessibility option.

www.wordtalk.org.uk is a free text to speech plug in for microsoft word.


We have Test Help Read and Write software on all of our computers at school. Your child is able to access this software through earphones, which they can bring to school. A similar piece of software to try at home iscan be found by clicking here. This provides the text to speech support required and the most basic version is free to download.

You may also find that text to speech is built into your system as an accessibility option.

Speech to text software

Our recommended software for speech to text is Dragon Naturally speaking. This is available as a simplified version as i-pad app.