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Dyslexia Matters

Dyslexia Matters’ vision is to create a national network of systems and specialists to tackle the challenges posed by Dyslexia.

Their mission is to provide practical solutions to issues arising from Dyslexia. They are passionate and proactive about helping people with specific learning difficulties and those who work with them, both nationally and internationally.

Their schools become valued members of a collaborative, experienced community working within Dyslexia Matters’ supportive framework of up to date knowledge, resources and forum, placing them at the cutting edge of Dyslexia.

They offer a range of online and blended learning services. They also offer school audits, in house training options, training for specialist teachers and assessors, accredited courses from Level 2-7, a Quality Mark Award and additional provision such as Access Arrangements and Diagnostic Assessment Reports.

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • Bespoke Consultancy and Training
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, leaders of teaching and learning, SENCOs, TSA leaders or MAT leaders looking to improve provision and standards for SEND students in their schools or across their alliances or MATS.

    Course overview
    Programmes of support are bespoke to each school but could include:
    – review of existing systems for supporting pupils with SEND and advice for improvement
    – review of existing systems for supporting pupils with SEND advice for improvement
    – development of in-house systems to ensure appropriate teaching and learning for SEND learners
    – providing a sustainable training framework for all levels of staff
    – providing support options/training for parents
    – providing on-going support/surgeries for staff and parents.

    Programme duration
    Half or whole days but will depend on the scope of the project.

    How many people is this for?
    This is for a team of people.
    Please discuss your bespoke needs with Dyslexia Matters.

    Estimated cost
    – Packages start from £900 + travel for half day and £1500 + travel for a full day of support.
    – Prices will vary according to location, duration, size and phase of school and number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or organisation.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Principles of the SEND Code of Practice 2014
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, leaders of teaching and learning, SENCOs, teaching school alliances or MATS looking to systematically implement the SEND Code of Practice.

    Course overview
    Programmes of support are bespoke to each school but could include:
    – review of existing systems of support for pupils with dyslexia
    – advice for improvement
    – training for all staff about the practical implications of the SEND Code of Practice 2014 in line with school policy and review
    – support for parents about the practical implications of the SEND Code of Practice 2014 in line with school policy and review

    Programme duration
    Half or whole days but will depend on the scope of the project.

    How many people is this for?
    This is for a team of people. Please discuss your bespoke needs with Dyslexia Matters.

    Estimated cost
    – Packages start from £900 + travel for half day and £1500 + travel for a full day of support.
    – Prices will vary according to location, duration, size and phase of school and number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or organisation.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Meeting and exceeding Ofsted standards for provision for dyslexic students
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, leaders of teaching and learning, SENCOs, TSA leaders or MAT leaders looking to improve provision and standards for SEND students in their schools or across their alliances or MATS.

    Course overview
    Programmes of support are bespoke to each school but could include:
    – review of existing systems of support for pupils with dyslexia and advice for improvement
    – practical advice from leaders of an ‘Outstanding’ Specialist setting
    – support creating an action plan to support the school in exceeding Ofsted standards for the provision of dyslexic students
    – create a suitable training/education programme for staff/parents.

    Programme duration
    Half or whole days but will depend on the scope of the project.

    How many people is this for?
    This is for a team of people. Please discuss your bespoke needs with Dyslexia Matters.

    Estimated cost
    – Packages start from £900 + travel for half day and £1500 + travel for a full day of support.
    – Prices will vary according to location, duration, size and phase of school and number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or organisation.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Filling any gaps in your support for students with dyslexia
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, leaders of teaching and learning, SENCOs, TSA leaders or MAT leaders looking to improve t0 support for students with dyslexia in their schools or across their alliances or MATS.

    Course overview
    Programmes of support are bespoke to each school but could include:
    – review of existing systems of support for pupils with dyslexia and advice for improvement
    – develop in-house systems to ensure appropriate teaching and learning for SEND learners
    – provide a sustainable training framework for all levels of staff
    – provide support options/training for parents
    – provide on-going support/surgeries for staff and parents.

    Programme duration
    Half or whole days but will depend on the scope of the project.

    How many people is this for?
    This is for a team of people.
    Please discuss your bespoke needs with Dyslexia Matters.

    Estimated cost
    – Packages start from £900 + travel for half day and £1500 + travel for a full day of support.
    – Prices will vary according to location, duration, size and phase of school and number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or organisation.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Developing your teachers, learning support assistants and teaching assistants to become more skilled at supporting your students with dyslexia
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, leaders of teaching and learning, SENCOs, TSA leaders or MAT leaders looking to improve teaching and learning for SEND students in their schools or across their alliances or MATS.

    Course overview
    Programmes of support are bespoke to each school but could include:
    – review of existing systems of support for pupils with dyslexia and advice for improvement
    – provide a sustainable training framework for all levels of staff
    – provide support options/training for parents
    – provide on-going support/surgeries for staff and parents

    Programme duration
    Half or whole days but will depend on the scope of the project.

    How many people is this for?
    This is for a team of people. Please discuss your bespoke needs with Dyslexia Matters.

    Estimated cost
    – Packages start from £900 + travel for half day and £1500 + travel for a full day of support.
    – Prices will vary according to location, duration, size and phase of school and number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or organisation.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Level 2 Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Practitioner Award
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working in primary, secondary or further education who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy The target group is likely to include:
    • Learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training.

    Course overview

    This course provides a practical introduction to understanding and supporting learners with dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties at Level 2.

    As a participant you will:
    – Understand the context of best Practice provision for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Plan, teach and review interventions for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    The course covers 2 units:

    Unit 1. Understanding the Context of Best Practice Provision for Learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties:
    – Understand the terminology used when learning about dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Understand the key issues regarding dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Unit 2. Planning, Teaching and Reviewing Interventions for Learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Be able to plan the follow and adapt an intervention programme for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Be able to collaborate with others involved in working with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Be able to deliver a planned intervention
    – To know how to evaluate a planned intervention of learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Programme duration
    60 hours to complete online learning.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost

    This course can be accessed and paid for in stages:

    Level 2 standalone Continued Professional Development option for £350 (+VAT often refundable for schools/colleges/charities).
    Prices are valid until April 31st 2018.

    Level 2 OCN assessment tasks £250 ( +VAT often refundable for schools/colleges/charities).
    Prices may be subject to change in 2018/2019.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    The course is delivered online. Assessment is online.

    Dates
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 3 Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Practitioner Award
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other educational professionals, who already have level 2 qualification(s) or the equivalent, working in primary, secondary or further education who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training.

    Course overview
    This course provides a practical introduction to understanding and supporting learners with dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties at Level 3.

    As a participant you will:
    – Understand the Context of a Provision for Learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Planning, teaching and reviewing interventions for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    The course covers 2 units:

    Unit 1: Understand the Context of a Provision for Learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    – Understand the terminology used when learning about dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Understand the barriers facing learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties and possible support strategies.

    Unit 2: Planning, teaching and reviewing interventions for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    – Understand how to evaluate an intervention programme for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Understand the qualities required of a dyslexia friendly practitioner
    – Be able to prepare case studies for two learners
    – Be able to carry out assessments to inform a teaching programme
    – Be able to develop teaching programmes
    – Be able to evaluate the delivery and outcome of lessons.

    Programme duration
    60 hours to complete online learning.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    This course can be accessed and paid for in stages:

    Level 3 standalone Continued Professional Development option for £550 (+ VAT often refundable for schools/colleges/charities).

    Level 3 OCN assessment tasks £250 (+ VAT often refundable for schools/colleges/charities)

    Prices may be subject to change in 2018/19.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    The course is delivered online. Assessment is online.

    Dates
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information

  • Level 5 (Online) Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working within primary, secondary or further education, who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners.

    Course overview
    This online course provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Your qualification will enable you to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist-teaching programmes to learners of all ages.

    On completion of this course, those applicants who hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be eligible for British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS); others would be eligible for Approved Practitioner Status (APS). Having ATS or APS gives candidates further recognition as a Specialist Teacher of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) / dyslexia.

    The course covers 4 units:
    – Unit 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs policy and context in relation to dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Planning and teaching programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    Programme duration
    Candidates can work at their own pace and are welcome to repeat any lectures needing consolidation.
    Candidates send activities to practise the skills needed to produce their teaching portfolio to their tutor before creating their portfolio of 20 hours’ teaching practice and writing one essay on the impact of legislation on two learners with dyslexia/SpLD and two others demonstrating their ability to understand and summarise a specialist teacher report and educational psychologist report.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    £1600+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    The course is delivered online. Assessment is online.

    Dates
    Course dates are in September, January, April and June.
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 5 (Online with site visit) Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working within primary, secondary or further education, who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners.

    Course overview
    This (online) course (with a specialist site visit) provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Your qualification will enable you to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist-teaching programmes to learners of all ages.

    On completion of this course, those applicants who hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be eligible for British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS); others would be eligible for Approved Practitioner Status (APS). Having ATS or APS gives candidates further recognition as a Specialist Teacher of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) / dyslexia.

    The course covers 4 units:
    – Unit 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs policy and context in relation to dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Planning and teaching programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    Programme duration
    Candidates can work at their own pace and are welcome to repeat any lectures needing consolidation.
    Candidates send activities to practise the skills needed to produce their teaching portfolio to their tutor before creating their portfolio of 20 hours’ teaching practice and writing one essay on the impact of legislation on two learners with dyslexia/SpLD and two others demonstrating their ability to understand and summarise a specialist teacher report and educational psychologist report.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    £1800+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Online with a Specialist Setting Visit.

    Dates
    Starting dates for this course are in January, April, June and September.
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 5 (Blended) Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working within primary, secondary or further education, who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners.

    Course overview
    This (blended learning) course provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Your qualification will enable you to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist-teaching programmes to learners of all ages.

    On completion of this course, those applicants who hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be eligible for British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS); others would be eligible for Approved Practitioner Status (APS). Having ATS or APS gives candidates further recognition as a Specialist Teacher of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) / dyslexia.

    The course covers 4 units:
    – Unit 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs policy and context in relation to dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Planning and teaching learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    Programme duration
    As well as having access to the online course, Blended Learning candidates attend 3 Study Days with a small group.
    These study days are scheduled after candidates have completed a section of the online course.
    Candidates do activities during the study days to practise the skills needed to produce their teaching portfolio, and then create their portfolio of 20 hours’ teaching practice and write one essay on the impact of legislation on 2 learners with dyslexia/SpLD and two others demonstrating their ability to understand and summarise a specialist teacher report and educational psychologist report.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    Blended Learning Cambridge – £1900 per person.
    Blended Learning Woodford Green, London – £2,000 per person.
    Blended Learning Woking, Surrey – £2,000 per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – Blended learning: online with face to face days in Cambridge, Woodford Green or Woking
    – Contact Dyslexia Matter for more information.

    Dates
    Cambridge Course Dates:
    Course starts 1st September 2018.
    Blended Learning dates:
    Saturday 22nd September 2018
    Saturday 24th November 2018
    Saturday 16th March 2019

    Woodford Green, London Course dates:
    Course start date: 1st September 2018
    Blended Learning dates:
    Thursday 20th September 2018
    Thursday 22nd November 2018
    Thursday 14th March 2019

    Woking, Surrey Course Dates:
    Course start date: 17th September 2018
    Blended Learning dates:
    10th November 2018
    12th January 2019
    30th March 2019
    Blended learning dates to be confirmed

    Contact Dyslexia Matters for upcoming course dates.

  • Level 5 (Blended with site visit) Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working within primary, secondary or further education, who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners.

    Course overview
    This (blended) course (with a site visit) provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Your qualification will enable you to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist-teaching programmes to learners of all ages.

    On completion of this course, those applicants who hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be eligible for British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS); others would be eligible for Approved Practitioner Status (APS). Having ATS or APS gives candidates further recognition as a Specialist Teacher of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) / dyslexia.

    – Unit 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs policy and context in relation to dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Planning and teaching programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Programme duration
    As well as having access to the online course, Blended Learning candidates attend 3 Study Days with a small group.
    These study days are scheduled after candidates have completed a section of the online course.
    Candidates do activities during the study days to practise the skills needed to produce their teaching portfolio, and then create their portfolio of 20 hours’ teaching practice and write one essay on the impact of legislation on two learners with dyslexia/SpLD and two others demonstrating their ability to understand and summarise a specialist teacher report and educational psychologist report.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    Blended Learning (Cambridge) with Specialist Setting Visit – £2100 per person.
    Blended Learning (Woodford Green, London) with Specialist Setting Visit – £2,200 per person.
    Blended Learning (Woking, Surrey) with Specialist Setting Visit – £2,200 per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – Blended learning: online with face to face days in Cambridge, Woodford Green or Woking and Specialist Setting Visit
    – Contact Dyslexia Matter for more information.

    Dates

    Cambridge Course Dates:
    Course starts 1st September 2018.
    Blended Learning dates:
    Saturday 22nd September 2018
    Saturday 24th November 2018
    Saturday 16th March 2019

    Woodford Green, London Course dates:
    Course start date: 1st September 2018
    Blended Learning dates:
    Thursday 20th September 2018
    Thursday 22nd November 2018
    Thursday 14th March 2019

    Woking, Surrey Course Dates:
    Course start date: 17th September 2018
    Blended Learning dates:
    10th November 2018
    12th January 2019
    30th March 2019
    Blended learning dates to be confirmed

    Contact Dyslexia Matters for upcoming course dates.

  • Level 5 (CPD) Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma (no portfolio or qualification)
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working within primary, secondary or further education, who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners.

    Course overview
    This course provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    The course covers 4 units:
    – Unit 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs policy and context in relation to dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Planning and teaching learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    Programme duration
    20 hours online learning, complete with an online assessment.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    £1400+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    The course is delivered online. Assessment is online.

    Dates
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 5 (CPD with site visit) Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma (no portfolio or qualification)
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other professionals working within primary, secondary or further education, who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners.

    Course overview
    This course (with a specialist site visit) provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    The course covers 4 units:
    – Unit 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs policy and context in relation to dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Planning and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    Programme duration
    20 hours of online learning, complete with an online assessment.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    £1600+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Online learning, complete with an online assessment with a visit to a Specialist Setting.

    Dates
    Starting dates for this course are in January, April, June and September.

    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 5 (Online qualification) The Dyslexia Award: Specialist in Group Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other education professionals working in primary, secondary or further education who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners
    • Learning support tutors in HE Institutions
    • Speech and Language Therapists and other health professionals working in an educational setting
    • Chartered/graduate psychologists.

    Course overview
    The aim of this course Is to provide you with a short practical training programme, focusing on understanding and supporting groups of learners with dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties.

    It was developed in response to demand from teachers/SENDCos for a shorter course on dyslexia to be available as an alternative to the Level 5 Specialist Teacher Diploma.

    The course covers 2 compulsory and 2 optional units:
    – Unit 1: (compulsory) Understanding the Context of Provision for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties
    – Unit 2: (compulsory) Assessing learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties in Preparation for Teaching Interventions.
    – Unit 3: (optional) Group Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties OR
    – Unit 4: (optional) Understanding the Quality Assurance of a Provision for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties

    Programme duration

    This online course and assessed tasks will take approximately 120 hours to complete over 6 – 9 months
    Candidates can work at their own pace and are welcome to repeat any lectures needing consolidation.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    £900+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    The course comprises 12 credits of online learning, complete with online assessment.

    Dates
    Starting dates for this course are in January, April, June and September.
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 5 (Onine CPD) The Dyslexia Award: Specialist in Group Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers and other education professionals working in primary, secondary or further education who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
    • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
    • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners
    • Learning support tutors in HE Institutions
    • Speech and Language Therapists and other health professionals working in an educational setting
    • Chartered/graduate psychologists.

    Course overview

    The aim of this course Is to provide you with a short practical training programme, focusing on understanding and supporting groups of learners with dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties.

    It was developed in response to demand from teachers/SENDCos for a shorter course on dyslexia to be available as an alternative to the Level 5 Specialist Teacher Diploma.

    The course covers 2 compulsory and 2 optional units:
    – Unit 1: (compulsory) Understanding the Context of Provision for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties
    – Unit 2: (compulsory) Assessing learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties in Preparation for Teaching Interventions.
    – Unit 3: (optional) Group Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties OR
    – Unit 4: (optional) Understanding the Quality Assurance of a Provision for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties.

    Programme duration

    This online course and assessed tasks will take approximately 120 hours to complete over 6 – 9 months.
    The course comprises 12 credits of online learning, complete with online assessment.
    Candidates can work at their own pace and are welcome to repeat any lectures needing consolidation.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    £650+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    The course is delivered online and can be accessed and paid for in stages. Assessment is via online.

    Dates
    Starting dates for this course are in January, April, June and September.
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

  • Level 7 (Blended) Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers/trainers, who have already completed a level 5 course in teaching learners with dyslexia, who have responsibility for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) across an age phase/centre and who are involved with advising and supporting classroom teachers.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Specialist and Advisory teachers
    • SENCOs/Inclusion Managers, Learning Support tutors and managers
    • Speech and Language therapists and other professionals working in an educational setting.

    Course overview
    This (blended learning) course has been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding as Specialist Teachers and their ability to carry out diagnostic assessments, write reports and deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia and other learning difficulties affecting literacy and numeracy.

    The course covers 6 units:
    – Unit 1 Understand theoretical concepts for teaching individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Understanding psychometric and educational assessment methods in the context of dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Assessing individuals for dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Planning and teaching programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 5 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 6 Relating theoretical and methodological perspectives to practice in the context of dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

    Programme duration

    As well as having access to the online course materials, Blended Learning candidates attend 5 Study Days with a small group.
    These study days are scheduled after candidates have completed a section of the online course.
    Candidates are further supported by a personal tutor, offering guidance and advice on assignments, which include essays and a teaching portfolio, including:
    An essay on psychometric testing
    A research-based essay
    At least 3 diagnostic reports
    3 videoed sessions, including assessing and teaching
    A teaching programme.

    How many people is this for?

    No limit to the number of participants from each school

    Estimated cost
    Blended Learning Cambridge – £3,295 per person.
    Blended Learning Woodford Green, London – £3,395 per person.
    Blended Learning Woking, Essex – £3,395 per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – Blended learning (online and face to face) in Cambridge, Woodford Green (London) or Woking (Surrey)
    – Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

    Dates

    Cambridge Course Dates
    Course start date: 1st September 2018
    Blended Learning Days:
    Saturday 6th October 2018
    Saturday 17th November 2018
    Saturday 12th January 2019
    Saturday 2nd March 2019
    Saturday 27th April 2019

    Woodford Green Course dates:
    Course start date 10th September 2018
    Blended Learning Days
    Friday 12th October 2018
    Friday 23rd November 2018
    Friday 18th January 2019
    Friday 8th March 2019
    Friday 5th April 2019

  • Level 7 (Blended with site visit) Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Diploma
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers/trainers, who have already completed a level 5 course in teaching learners with dyslexia, who have responsibility for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) across an age phase/centre and who are involved with advising and supporting classroom teachers.
    The target group is likely to include:
    • Specialist and Advisory teachers
    • SENCOs/Inclusion Managers, Learning Support tutors and managers
    • Speech and Language therapists and other professionals working in an educational setting

    Course overview

    This (blended learning) course (with a specialist site visit) has been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding as Specialist Teachers and their ability to carry out diagnostic assessments, write reports and deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia and other learning difficulties affecting literacy and numeracy.

    The course covers 6 units:
    – Unit 1 Understand theoretical concepts for teaching individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 2 Understanding psychometric and educational assessment methods in the context of dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 3 Assessing individuals for dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 4 Planning and teaching learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 5 Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
    – Unit 6 Relating theoretical and methodological perspectives to practice in the context of dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

    Programme duration

    As well as having access to the online course materials, Blended Learning candidates attend 5 Study Days with a small group.
    These study days are scheduled after candidates have completed a section of the online course.
    Candidates are further supported by a personal tutor, offering guidance and advice on assignments, which include essays and a teaching portfolio, including:

    An essay on psychometric testing
    A research-based essay
    At least 3 diagnostic reports
    3 videoed sessions, including assessing and teaching
    A teaching programme

    Candidates may visit a specialist setting for learners with dyslexia.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school

    Estimated cost
    Blended Learning Cambridge with Specialist Setting Visit – £3,495 per person.
    Blended Learning Woodford Green, London with Specialist Setting Visit – £3,595 per person.
    Blended Learning Woking, Essex with Specialist School – £3,595 per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – Blended but with site visits in Cambridge, Woodford Green (London) or Woking (Surrey)
    – Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

    Dates

    Cambridge Course Dates
    September 2018
    (Dates to be confirmed)

    Woodford Green Course dates:
    Course start date 10th September 2018
    Blended Learning Days
    Friday 12th October 2018
    Friday 23rd November 2018
    Friday 18th January 2019
    Friday 8th March 2019
    Friday 5th April 2019

    Surrey Course Dates:
    January 2019
    (Dates to be confirmed)

    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information

  • Level 7 PAPAA: Postgraduate Award of Proficiency for Access Arrangements
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers of education professionals who have oversight of exam access arrangements in their school. The target group is likely to include:
    • Specialist and Advisory teachers
    • SENCOs/Inclusion Managers, Learning Support tutors and managers.

    Course overview

    This course will demonstrate how to administer some of the exam access arrangement tests, and students will gain as hands-on experience in administering tests themselves.

    Day 1:
    – What are Access Arrangements?
    – Who can conduct assessments?
    – The impact of specific learning difficulties on exams
    – Introduction to the principles of psychometric testing
    – PAPAA Assignment Overview Unit 2 (with Q & A throughout the presentation)
    – Rationale and administration of tests to support an application for a Reader

    Day 2:
    – The types of Access Arrangement available e.g. Scribe, Reader etc
    – Rationale and administration of tests to support an application for a Scribe
    – Rationale and administration of tests to support an application for Extra Time
    – How to select a candidate for the videoed assessment
    – Introducing assessment plans

    Day 3:
    – Reporting results using confidence bands, percentiles and age equivalents.
    – Analysis of results
    – Report writing
    – Practical activities involving tests and assessments for Access Arrangements
    – After the 3 face to face days, students will be able to start work on Unit 2, with online access to the PAPAA video presentations.

    Online video presentations for Unit 2 include:

    – Access Arrangements for General Qualifications
    – Extra Time in Exams – assessing the need
    – Collating and Interpreting Evidence
    – Assessing Students with EAL for Access Arrangements
    – Using Assistive Technology in Exams

    Programme duration

    This course will take approximately an additional 60 hours to complete after the 3 days intensive face to face training.
    The three face to face days spread out over approximately six weeks.
    The 3 day blended learning option will suit students who have a practical, hands-on learning style. It comprises three face to face days spread out over approximately six weeks.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of participants from each school.

    Estimated cost
    – The fee for this option is £1,700 per person (£1,250 for the online training plus £550 for the face to face days)
    – Prices may be subject to change in 2018-19.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face in Moulton, Northamptonshire.

    Dates
    Contact Dyslexia Matters for more information.

Delivery location

Dyslexia Matters delivers programmes nationally in the UK.

Impact

Impact to date

Since 2015, Dyslexia Matters have trained 375 specialist teachers.

They report their self-report delegate evaluations over the past two years have shown that their SpLD/Dyslexia programmes had a positive impact on 100% of their participants’ confidence, competency and learners’ outcomes.

Feedback from senior leaders, collected by CPDBee, shows that Dyslexia Matters’ work is improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of how to fulfill their roles; improving the way schools are tackling the issues around educating pupils with dyslexia; enabling facilitators they have trained to deliver the training back in schools and enabling them to become hubs of excellence offering an Assessment Centre to other schools in their area.

Impact measurements used

Dyslexia Matters aim to provide practical solutions to issues arising from Dyslexia. They aim to improve schools’ and teachers’ knowledge, understanding and skills and increase the participation of pupils with dyslexia and raise the achievement.

To measure their impact, they gather information about participants’ reactions to training, their learning, the support their organisations give them and the extent to which they implement their new skills. They also gather information about changes in student data. They use combination of participant surveys, head teacher questionnaires, school performance data and Ofsted reports (where they have provided ongoing support).

Many of their courses are accredited and so they also monitor their impact on participant learning through assignment assessment and feedback.

External assessment of impact

Dyslexia Matters has not yet had an independent, external evaluation of their impact.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

Dyslexia Matters’ programmes are designed around the current needs of schools. Learners always remain at the heart of their process; they endeavour to ensure their training makes the greatest impact for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties, by enabling their facilitators to provide best practice.

The expertise underpinning their programmes goes beyond their team as they involve a large number of stakeholders in the discussion, design and piloting of new courses. These include specialist teachers and assessors, parents and learners, SENDCOs, universities, researchers, authors, training providers, local authorities and specialist schools.

Their offer stands out from others for two reasons: Firstly, it reflects the practical application of well-researched theory by two ex-headteachers who understand the practicalities of outstanding provision. Secondly, how they work with other people is as important to them as the excellent quality of what they do. They invest a lot in developing and nurturing our relationships with those they support and they believe that this rapport and approach to working with others ensures an excellent outcome to our training.

Team experience and expertise

Dyslexia Matters was founded by two former headteachers – Julia Hewerdine and Liz Blackburn.

Julia has dyslexia herself and is the mother of children with dyslexia. She is a former SENDCO and founding head of a school for children with dyslexia. She has worked with families of pupils with dyslexia and complex needs, supporting them in preparing for, and attending tribunals to secure funding from local authorities and has delivered dyslexia training both nationally and internationally.

Liz grew up with a brother with severe learning difficulties, which inspired her to work with people with learning differences. She has been a teacher of learners with severe learning difficulties, dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. She worked as a specialist tutor in school settings for over 15 years before becoming the joint headteacher of a school for children with dyslexia.

All their facilitators have the minimum of a Level 5 qualification in teaching learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties and the majority have a Level 7 qualification in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties. They update their CPD regularly, in-house and externally. They all have a current background in education and invariably have personal experiences that enable them to fully understand the implications and barriers to learning for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties of all ages.

All the facilitators are assessors/tutors for the post-graduate courses that they provide, so they are biannually assessed by the awarding body as part of the rigorous quality assurance cycle. They are also in weekly contact with trainees and helping them develop their knowledge, understanding and practical application of best practice for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties. They get realistic, on-going feedback from candidates, learners and school leaders.

Testimonials

Holme Court School a specialist provision for pupils with dyslexia and associated SpLD, Anita Lawes, Head

I would most definitely recommend Dyslexia Matters. We are a specialist school for pupils with dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties. At our school, all staff teaching literacy, as well as those doing 1 to 1 tuition must have a specialist dyslexia teaching qualification.

Many of our staff have been trained by Dyslexia Matters. Several have completed the OCR level 5 and others are working towards or have completed the new PAPAA qualification. In so far as members of staff are concerned, the courses that they attended were well organised. The administration was effective and efficient. Course requirements were set out clearly. There was plenty of support at various levels.

Those delivering the course are very well qualified and have an outstanding knowledge of their subject. What is more important is the fact that they have relevant experience in the field and so can talk from real-life contexts etc. This ensures that they have the necessary credibility with their candidates.

Course materials provided are very clear and informative. In all aspects of the course they follow best practice in respect of optimising learning. A simple example of this is in their PowerPoint presentations.  There’s nothing worse than being told that you should use a particular font style and size and then being shown an ‘all singing and dancing’  PowerPoint with lots of bright colours which is cluttered and confusing with print that is too small to read!

Another very important area in which Dyslexia Matters excels is in the way that assignments are planned and presented and most importantly in the feedback that candidates receive. Candidates are given very specific instructions with templates to help them to organise and structure their work. Expectations are made very clear. Those marking work are highly knowledgeable and again have the necessary skills, understanding and qualifications to complete this activity. They provide very clear information about what the candidate has done well and guidance is given which will enable the candidate to have a clear understanding of what s/he should do in order to develop work and improve.

While Dyslexia Matters maintains strict guidelines and expectations for the standards that they expect from candidates and will not compromise on these, the company ethos is all about enabling candidates to achieve and to succeed. The level of care and support given to candidates is second to none.

As a manager of staff who have undertaken their training with Dyslexia Matters I can only say that staff have come away with the knowledge and understanding that they need to fulfill their roles in school. I will therefore continue to use Dyslexia Matters in the future.

St Mary's CofE Academy, Colin Haley, Principal

We have worked closely with Dyslexia Matters which has helped raise the profile in the school, provided important staff training and given us a much more informed way of tackling the issues around schooling pupils with dyslexia.

First Base, Claire Hargrave, Head of Centre

In relation to Level 5 Specialist Dyslexia Teacher qualification achieved. Members of staff currently working towards the Level 7 SpLD Assessor qualification.

Expertise – course tutors are all well qualified and confident in delivering their courses. Personal tutors are accessible and helpful in supporting learning.

Training content – content is relevant and supported by high quality resources. Access to resources on the password protected website is also very helpful.

Delivery – 6 taught days for each of the courses helps candidates to build a support network and positive relationships with tutors as well as enabling access to “hands on” activities and resources.

Impact – our Level 5 Specialist Dyslexia Teacher has delivered CPD sessions to our staff in terms of understanding what SpLD is, identifying children with SpLD and resources to support children. This work is part of an ongoing element in our School Improvement Plan.

Holme Court School a specialist provision for pupils with dyslexia and associated SpLD, Anita Lawes, Head

I would most definitely recommend Dyslexia Matters. We are a specialist school for pupils with dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties. At our school, all staff teaching literacy, as well as those doing 1 to 1 tuition must have a specialist dyslexia teaching qualification.

Many of our staff have been trained by Dyslexia Matters. Several have completed the OCR level 5 and others are working towards or have completed the new PAPAA qualification. In so far as members of staff are concerned, the courses that they attended were well organised. The administration was effective and efficient. Course requirements were set out clearly. There was plenty of support at various levels.

Those delivering the course are very well qualified and have an outstanding knowledge of their subject. What is more important is the fact that they have relevant experience in the field and so can talk from real-life contexts etc. This ensures that they have the necessary credibility with their candidates.

Course materials provided are very clear and informative. In all aspects of the course they follow best practice in respect of optimising learning. A simple example of this is in their PowerPoint presentations.  There’s nothing worse than being told that you should use a particular font style and size and then being shown an ‘all singing and dancing’  PowerPoint with lots of bright colours which is cluttered and confusing with print that is too small to read!

Another very important area in which Dyslexia Matters excels is in the way that assignments are planned and presented and most importantly in the feedback that candidates receive. Candidates are given very specific instructions with templates to help them to organise and structure their work. Expectations are made very clear. Those marking work are highly knowledgeable and again have the necessary skills, understanding and qualifications to complete this activity. They provide very clear information about what the candidate has done well and guidance is given which will enable the candidate to have a clear understanding of what s/he should do in order to develop work and improve.

While Dyslexia Matters maintains strict guidelines and expectations for the standards that they expect from candidates and will not compromise on these, the company ethos is all about enabling candidates to achieve and to succeed. The level of care and support given to candidates is second to none.

As a manager of staff who have undertaken their training with Dyslexia Matters I can only say that staff have come away with the knowledge and understanding that they need to fulfill their roles in school. I will therefore continue to use Dyslexia Matters in the future.

St Mary's CofE Academy, Colin Haley, Principal

We have worked closely with Dyslexia Matters which has helped raise the profile in the school, provided important staff training and given us a much more informed way of tackling the issues around schooling pupils with dyslexia.

First Base, Claire Hargrave, Head of Centre

In relation to Level 5 Specialist Dyslexia Teacher qualification achieved. Members of staff currently working towards the Level 7 SpLD Assessor qualification.

Expertise – course tutors are all well qualified and confident in delivering their courses. Personal tutors are accessible and helpful in supporting learning.

Training content – content is relevant and supported by high quality resources. Access to resources on the password protected website is also very helpful.

Delivery – 6 taught days for each of the courses helps candidates to build a support network and positive relationships with tutors as well as enabling access to “hands on” activities and resources.

Impact – our Level 5 Specialist Dyslexia Teacher has delivered CPD sessions to our staff in terms of understanding what SpLD is, identifying children with SpLD and resources to support children. This work is part of an ongoing element in our School Improvement Plan.