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Dyslexia Professional Summer School


Understanding and Supporting Individuals with Dyslexia

29th July - 2nd August 2019 

Attendance only: £800 (includes comprehensive handouts and lunch)

Attendance + CPD Standards 4 award: £1300 (includes comprehensive handouts, lunch, tutor support and marking of assignments)

This summer school is aimed at professionals working in mainstream schools both in the UK and abroad who want to enhance their skills so as to make their teaching even more effective and fun. A variety of multisensory teaching strategies will be shown, which will enhance the learning of dyslexics and non-dyslexics alike.

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The course will give an overview of the current research into dyslexia and the risk factors and indicators of the condition. Other specific learning difficulties which commonly co-occur with dyslexia will also be discussed.

Participants will be shown how to informally assess a learner’s literacy and numeracy skills, and how to use the information gathered from these activities to plan an appropriate teaching programme.

Participants will also be shown a variety of multisensory strategies and activities to support dyslexic learners to improve their reading accuracy, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, numeracy and study skills.

Participants can do the course for information only but also have the opportunity to undertake a variety of assignments, following the week’s attendance at the Centre, to enable them to achieve a CPD Standards Level 4 award.

Timetable 2019

Analysis of current research into dyslexia Assignments for CPD Standards Level 4 Award – to be completed during the autumn term following the week’s attendance at Helen Arkell.

Monday 29 July








Introduction to course

Dyslexia – current research; risk factors and indicators

Overview of other Specific Learning Difficulties

Overview of standardised tests and interpretation of standard scores;

Digit Memory Test

Tutorial (for those doing CPD Standards Level 4 award)

Tuesday 30 July






Helen Arkell Auditory Tests;

Informal assessment of reading, spelling and writing;

Target setting from assessment data

Tutorial (for those doing CPD Standards Level 4 award)

Wednesday 31 July





Multisensory teaching; teaching reading accuracy

Teaching reading comprehension

Tutorial (for those doing CPD Standards Level 4 award)

Thursday 1 August





Teaching spelling and writing

Informal assessment and teaching numeracy

Tutorial (for those doing CPD Standards Level 4 award)

Friday 2 August




Study Skills; strategies for whole class teaching/differentiation


Explanation of the risk factors and indicators of dyslexia.

Summary of the characteristics of other specific learning difficulties:

  • Dyspraxia
  • ADHD
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Dyscalculia
  • Speech and Language Difficulties

Interpret formal and/or informal assessments of learner’s cognitive skills (e.g. phonological awareness, short term and working memory)

Evaluate formal and/or informal assessments of learner’s attainments (e.g. reading, spelling, writing, numeracy

Interpret how a learner’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses may impact on attainments and learning

Perform error analysis on assessment data (e.g. miscue analysis, spelling error analysis)

Summarise the main pattern of learner’s strengths and weaknesses

Devise long term targets from assessment data

Identify short term targets for teaching; develop a personalized learning programme

Deliver and evaluate a programme of learning (10 hours), to include:

  • Evaluated lesson plan for each lesson
  • Develop own resources for use in lesson
  • Justify elements of teaching and learning programme to other professionals
  • Explain implications for classroom practice
  • Summative evaluation of learner’s progress
  • Summative evaluation of teaching effectiveness

Inspiring comments from our previous course attendees....

"Very informative, relevant, and intellectually challenging." 

"A fantastic course with a huge amount of information.  Handouts are very clear and I will feedback to colleagues now." 

"Loved the theory and how you all linked it to practical activities which could be used in the classroom; the BEST professional development I have had the fortune to experience in a long time – THANK YOU." 

“Can’t wait to put so many of the ideas into practice.  Empathy for dyslexic students and respect for them greatly increased”  SJ

“Super!  A real confidence builder”  AB

“Lots of ideas to think about and reflect on – well structured and useful – I feel inspired and motivated”  JG

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