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CPD Short Courses for teaching professionals at all levels

Through a range of level 4, 5 and 7 CPD short courses, education support professionals can hone their skills and knowledge in order to be better prepared to face the challenges of supporting students with dyslexia and SpLD in today’s education system.

The CPD Short Courses include dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties, memory weaknesses, structured, cumulative multisensory tuition, study skills and assistive technologies to name a few.  Many of our level 4 and 5 units focus on how to nurture the development of school learners with dyslexia with regard to key skills, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. Other modules focus on supporting adults with dyslexia and working with learners in an international setting. We also offer a range of level 7 units for qualified specialist SpLD professionals to refresh and update their specialist literacy programme knowledge through online masterclasses.

Full details can be found through the drop down menus below.  Click on the relevant booking links to book either Units or Awards.

How will you benefit?

  • Evaluate current practice in your setting
  • Learn new theories and strategies
  • Online forums to help you learn, test out, develop and refine ideas
  • Flexible online study which fits around personal and professional commitments

How are the CPD Short Courses delivered?

  • The CPD Short Courses are delivered online only which offers you the flexibility to organise your time to fit around your professional and personal commitments.  It also saves you the time and expense of travel and classroom attendance
  • Total study time for level 4 and 5 units is between 3-5 hrs a week (20-30 hours total study over a 7 week period per unit) and 5-7 hours study over a 4 week period per level 7 unit)

What short Level 4 and 5 CPD courses are available?

Dyslexia and Co-occurring difficulties (DACPD51)

Dyslexia: Supporting Individuals with Memory Weaknesses (DACPD52)

Structured, Cumulative Multisensory Tuition for Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD53)

Developing Reading Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD84)

Developing Writing Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD85)

Developing Spelling Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD86)

Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD91)

  • This unit course provides a framework for the support of adults with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties in a variety of post-compulsory education environments.  The holistic requirements of the individual will be considered, as well as the barriers that adults can face once they leave school. A range of barriers to competent performance, including the operating environment will be examined as a foundation to identify the appropriate provision.  The materials in the unit will be pertinent to those supporting adults in further or higher education in work-based training and apprenticeships or other environments in which learning takes place with adults
  • Level 4, suitable for those supporting adults
  • Accredited by The CPD standards Office
  • This unit contributes to the Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DAAWD59) and the Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56)

Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92)

Developing Writing Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD93)

Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings (DACPD94)

Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96)

  • This unit course provides resources that support the development of literacy skills through the use of assistive technology in learning environments and in the workplace. It will introduce approaches utilising assistive technology that can enable individuals with dyslexia and diverse needs to overcome barriers that add pressure to literacy, planning and organisational tasks. It will show how assistive technology enables individuals to complete literacy tasks successfully with a focus on cultivating learner autonomy. The emphasis of this unit is on critical evaluation of relevant teaching strategies and creating individual assistive technology ‘toolkits’ to support a range of needs
  • Level 5, suitable for those supporting adults
  • Accredited by The CPD standards Office
  • This unit contributes to the Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DAAWD59) and the Certificate in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DACRT60)

Developing Numeracy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia (DACPD99)

  • Examine the processes involved in mathematical thinking and how they link to aspects of memory and attention. The difficulties that learners with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties, particularly dyscalculia, can have with numeracy are explained. The association of ‘number sense’ (numerosity) with dyscalculia is also examined. The unit explores theory, offers some practical ideas and provides the practitioner with the fresh perspective necessary to effectively use structured, cumulative, multi-sensory teaching to promote numeracy development in learners where it is stalled or significantly delayed.
  • Level 4, suitable for primary/secondary, overseas and those supporting adults
  • Accredited by The CPD standards Office
  • This unit is not in any of the general pathways but can be swapped out for another unit in certain circumstances

What short Level 7 CPD courses are available?

Developing Placement Processes to Effectively Target Specialist Support (DAEXT716)

Developing Phonemic Awareness in Learners (DAEXT717)

  • This course demonstrates a strategic method of introducing learners with literacy-difficulties to the mapping of sounds to letters and letters to sounds. Each learning point gives the practitioner key facts to ensure the smooth facilitation of learning and a range of resources to support the delivery of the new phoneme/grapheme. The standard learning points develop cumulatively in a highly structured way.  A method of delivering the extended learning points in a more individualised way is also demonstrated
  • Part of The Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme Extension courses for qualified SpLD professionals

Promoting Word-building and Sentence Analysis Skills in Learners (DAEXT718) – released September 2019

  • This course covers learning points associated with punctuation, syntax and suffixing.  It provides practitioners with a structured and meaningful approach to literacy tuition. It demonstrates how to develop meta-linguistic awareness in learners, so that learners can identify some key word classes and units of meaning within words (prefixes and suffixes). Spelling is also examined in this unit, especially within the context of unaccented syllables – a key area of difficulty for many learners
  • Part of The Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme Extension courses for qualified SpLD professionals

Working with Syllables – Using Syllable Patterns to support the reading and spelling of longer words (DAEXT719) – released November 2019

  • This course covers the sub-skills necessary to ensure learners develop confidence in word attack strategies. It demonstrates methods to introduce the concept of ‘long’ and ‘short’ vowel sounds to learners and how to link this to the decoding of words of more than one syllable.  Some common syllable patterns are covered to give practitioners the resources they need to promote the reading and spelling of a wide range of longer words
  • Part of The Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme Extension courses for qualified SpLD professionals

Using Morphology to enhance reading comprehension (DAEXT720)

  • This course gives practitioners the opportunity to study and reflect upon a range of affixes and word-roots, which build cumulatively to give a structured understanding of how to strategically support reading comprehension using morphological units. The materials provided in the morphology course are designed to give specialist practitioners the knowledge, strategies and materials they need to conduct interactive word-building and word-exploration sessions.  The materials for each masterclass can be adapted by the user to suit learners of all ages including adults in a range of settings
  • Part of The Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme Extension courses for qualified SpLD professionals

Applying for and Renewing an Assessment Practising Certificate (DAAPCONL)

  • This specialist assessment CPD training course covers current best practice in report writing and preparation for those looking to gain or renew an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). This course has been specifically designed to update specialist teacher assessors on the SASC requirements for dyslexia/SpLD report writing and to meet APC renewal criteria. This online course runs over a four- week period and is supported by specialist tutors through online forums. Participants will be able to update their knowledge and understanding by revisiting and reviewing aspects of psychometric testing; improve their skills by considering the SASC report writing requirements; examine good practice case studies; review Dyslexia Action’s evaluation criteria and match these in order to produce a good report
  • Accredited by SASC

Examining the Test of Memory and Learning 2 -TOMAL2 (DACPD802)

  • This course gives an opportunity to look in-depth at an assessment battery that is designed to measure several areas of memory and learning potential for example, aptitude with visual and configural information, aptitude holding and manipulating sound information, associative learning etc. The course also provides the opportunity to discuss and examine some current assessment practices/conventions including some more advance statistical methods. All materials are provided however participants should have access to a copy of this assessment test for practical applications
  • Accredited by SASC

CPD Progression Level 4 and 5

This flexible CPD programme offers the opportunity to choose from a range of study options:

Units – Enhance your skills in a particular area with just one level 4 or 5 unit.
Awards – Combine three units to achieve an award.
Certificates – Combine two awards (six units) to achieve a certificate.
Please note that it is not possible to sign up directly for a certificate course, you should sign up for units or awards in your chosen pathway first.
Diploma – A combination of two certificates, one of which must be the Certificate in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy, make up the Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy.

When can I start?

  • Level 4 and 5 CPD Short Courses run six times a year with start dates in September, November, January, March, May and July
  • Level 7 CPD Short Courses generally run three or more times a year or more with various start dates in September, November, January, March, May and July

How much do CPD Short Courses cost?

  • Level 4 and 5 units are £295+VAT each
  • Level 7 units are between £205 and £295+VAT each, discounts are available for Level 7 CPD units if you are a member of The Dyslexia Guild

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How can I apply?

  • If you want to apply for any of the above courses, please go to our Make a booking page.

Qualifications you can trust

The CPD programme is designed and delivered by Dyslexia Action Training and quality assured by The CPD Standards Office and the British Accreditation Council. You will receive a Dyslexia Action Certificate upon completion.


 “The support offered here is excellent, the tutors are always available to help and I would highly recommend you study with Dyslexia Action”

“This is an excellent short CPD course for me and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I am very pleased that the course run during the summer period, as this is the only time I can do any course to improve my skills. The tutors are very supportive.”

“Excellent well structured and supported courses! Thank you!”

“The course provided a practical solution to CPD when other courses were impossible due to cost, time and location”

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