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The Dyslexia Guild

What is the Dyslexia Guild

What is The Dyslexia Guild?

The Dyslexia Guild is a membership body which welcomes all individuals with a professional interest in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

What does the Guild offer:

  • A directory of members
  • library of online, catalogued resources available 24/7 as well as a loan service for specialist dyslexia/SpLD resources
  • A vibrant annual conference providing discussion, information and best practice in the field of dyslexia/SpLD;
  • Updates on research and development through our publication Dyslexia Review and distribution of topical news, updates and information through Guild Gallery our online newsletter.
  • An assessment practising certificate (APC*) recognised by the SpLD assessment standards committee (SASC), for qualified specialist teacher assessors.
    *An APC is a recognised standard for teachers/tutors carrying out assessments in schools for Exam Access Arrangements and in colleges/universities for the Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Who can join?
The Guild is an open membership group with members working and learning in a wide range of settings. The Guild welcomes all professionals with an interest in dyslexia/SpLD and has a special rate for organisations.

Members include:
Dyslexia/SpLD specialist teachers and assessors, teaching assistants, SENCos, learning support staff and tutors from further and higher education, speech and language therapists, psychologists and librarians.

DSA-NMH membership
Support Staff who require membership for NMH/DFE registration can find further details by clicking on Membership grades title below

Member Benefits

Our members benefit from a wealth of resources and services including:

  • Designatory Letters – Associate (ADG), Member (MDG), Fellow (FDG) –  Please scroll down for more information
  • Free access to online forums with our specialist moderators offering question and answer sessions (including assessment and APC, exam access arrangements and a general section)
  • Free access to a dedicated guild member website which contains previously recorded webinars, conference papers and much more
  • Free access to our specialist library which includes online books and journals and other resources relating to the field of dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (including the loan of test materials, terms apply)  
  • Free copies of the Dyslexia Review magazine, published twice a year. The Review is a topical journal that features academic articles, cutting-edge research, updates, book and assessment test reviews. Download a sample copy
  • Free quarterly e-newsletter, the guild gallery
  • Free webinars and other events
  • Reduced rate entry to our annual summer conference and other great events
  • 10% discount on products sold through our online resources shop
  • Discounts on selected specialist courses
  • Dyslexia Action is approved to issue Assessment Practising Certificates for those carrying out assessments in schools and colleges and in support of the Disabled Students Allowance, recognised by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC)
  • Professional indemnity insurance at preferential rates

For a reduced cost, you can sign up for our affiliate membership which has the following restrictions:

  • Online Library Access only (no hard copies)
  • Online Dyslexia Review only (no hard copies)
  • No designatory letters or membership grade higher than Affiliate

Annual Conference

The Dyslexia Guild Annual Summer Conference

The Dyslexia Guild holds an annual Summer  Conference and welcomes all those with a professional interest in dyslexia and SpLD, including specialist teachers and assessors, psychologists, learning support tutors and assistants.  Guild members enjoy a preferential rate and we welcome new members to our community from all settings.

Our conference aims to provide a great opportunity to meet and network with dyslexia/SpLD specialists. It enables practitioners to hear expert views and examine current topical issues relating to literacy and dyslexia/SpLD in a warm and vibrant conference setting:

  • Receive a discount on your place at the conference as a Guild member.
  • Hear about research and current topics from our expert speakers
  • Network with others from around the world of SpLD
  • Attend seminar sessions on specific topics
  • Visit our Dyslexia Action Shop
  • Take time out of your busy schedule to learn and reflect
  • Take home a certificate for your Continuing Professional Development

Next Guild Summer Conference

Our next conference is currently being planned and will take place in June 2018. Watch this space, information will be available soon.

Summer Conference 2017
Download the 2017 Agenda and Conference Presentations

Membership Grades


Dyslexia Guild Membership Grades

Dyslexia Guild members are eligible for designatory letters in recognition of their qualifications and professional status. If you are a current Guild member who has not yet updated your qualifications please click here.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Dyslexia Guild members are encouraged to undertake regular professional development to improve their personal practice and are expected to undertake, as a minimum, 30 hours of CPD a year. All members of the Guild commit to uphold the Dyslexia Guild Code of Practice.

Our grades of membership are as follows:

  • Affiliate Members are working or studying in a relevant educational setting and are gaining suitable experience in the field of dyslexia/SpLD. They do not have Guild designatory letters after their name. This grade is not suitable for NMH members, see Associate FE/HE.
  • Associate Members (ADG) are professional members and specialist teachers with a level 5 or level 7 specialist teaching qualification in dyslexia/SpLD.
  • Associate Members (ADG FE/HE) are professional members and support tutors in further and higher education. They have gained membership through Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) and hold qualifications relevant to student support for Non-Medical Helpers (NMH). For further information please see:
    PDF icon NMH DSA QAG_Dyslexia Action Information Guide 5.pdf
  • Members (MDG) are professional members and specialist teacher assessors with a level 7 specialist teacher/assessor qualification in dyslexia/SpLD.
  • Fellows (FDG) are professional members and specialist teacher assessors with a level 7 specialist teacher/assessor qualification in dyslexia/SpLD. They hold a minimum of 7 years specialist teaching and 4 years specialist assessment experience in dyslexia/SpLD.

If you are unsure if your qualifications are eligible please email copies of your certificates, current curriculum vitae and a covering note to: guild@dyslexiaaction.org.uk

The Dyslexia Guild also offers:

  • a Group Membership Scheme for educational establishments who wish to offer membership for up to four staff on an Affiliate basis.
  • a Business Affiliate Scheme for recognised providers of educational services and/or materials who wish to endorse and support the work of the Dyslexia Guild.
  • Please note: Neither of these schemes are suitable for APC holders or NMH members.

For further information please email us or telephone 01784 222 342.

Current Guild Members

Please click here to access the Guild Members’ website which includes:

If you experience difficulties with logging in to the Guild Member website please email us or call 01784 222 304.

Join today

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Guild Membership – UK and Overseas

Join today to start enjoying the wealth of benefits available to Guild Members. The general member rate is applicable to the following grades of membership:

Associate; Associate FE/HE; Member
These are the professional membership grades for specialist teachers, teacher assessors and support tutors.

 Annual Fees:

  • Pay Online: £72 (plus VAT)
  • Direct Debit: £62 (plus VAT)
  • Please note selecting Pay Later will incur a £25 (plus VAT) administration charge for invoicing
  • Apply or renew now
  • Please click here for Information about Reclaiming VAT

N.B. Affiliate members who wish to access full membership benefits may do so at this rate but will not gain designatory letters without meeting the relevant criteria.

Already a current member? Click here to update your qualifications to receive designatory letters.

Fellowship is the recognition of achievement and a significant contribution to the field. It is for those who demonstrate a commitment to advancing standards, best practice and encourage this in their peers. Fellows must have held Guild membership for at least a year and meet the specified requirements on how to apply which you can find here.

 Annual Fees:

  • Pay Online: £100 (plus VAT) 
  • Direct Debit: £80.00(plus VAT)
  • Please note selecting Pay Later will incur a £25 (plus VAT) administration charge for invoicing
  • Please click here for Information about Reclaiming VAT

Affiliate Membership does not confer designatory letters and gives access to a reduced range of mainly electronic benefits. It is suitable for those who do not meet the professional membership requirements; for those who are studying on professional courses, or for educators who have a general interest in Dyslexia/SpLD. This rate is also available to specialist teachers and assessors who have retired from professional employment.
Please note: This level of membership is not suitable for APC holders or NMH members.

 Annual Fees:

  • Pay Online: £46 (plus VAT)
  • Direct Debit: £36 (plus VAT)
  • Please note selecting Pay Later will incur a £25 (plus VAT) administration charge for invoicing.
  • Apply now
  • Please click here for Information about Reclaiming VAT

Group Membership is open to schools, colleges, university departments, library services, publishers and other professional groups involved in the education of people with dyslexia.

  • Up to 4 named members can be included in this membership.
  • Group members receive two (hard) copies of the Dyslexia Review (plus four soft copies)
  • A reduced rate entry to our annual summer conference for any number of staff
  • Please email us for details (preferably providing us at the time with the names and email addresses of the four members of staff, a purchase order number for invoicing and finance department contact details)

 Annual Fees:

  • Pay Online: £220 (plus VAT)
  • Direct Debit: £210 (plus VAT)*
    *N.B. We apologise that this option is temporarily unavailable for new memberships.
  • Please note selecting Pay Later will incur a £25 (plus VAT) administration charge for invoicing
  • Please click here for Information about Reclaiming VAT

Business Affiliate is for providers of educational materials who wish to endorse and support the work of the Dyslexia Guild. Please email us for details.

 Annual Fees:

  • Pay Online: £500 (plus VAT)
  • Direct Debit: £450 (plus VAT)*
    *N.B. We apologise that this option is temporarily unavailable for new memberships
  • Please note selecting Pay Later will incur a £25 (plus VAT) administration charge for invoicing.
  • Please click here for Information about Reclaiming VAT

For further information please email us or call 01784 222342.

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