What our delegates say about this course
“Thank you for another informative course that really makes me reflect about what I can do better to better support pupils with dyslexia and also create stronger links when learning to read even with children that don’t find it as challenging!”
“I have enjoyed the module and have found the materials provided both interesting and informative”
“Thank you for the help and support from tutors and other learners. Although at times I have found it challenging, I have been able to use what I have learnt and put this into practice with my students”
“This course was very informative and well presented. Excellent support from tutor with quick and helpful responses. This has been my first experience with Dyslexia Action and I intend to study further from here.”
Why take this short course?
DACPD84 – This Level 4 unit will help you to understand how learners acquire and develop reading skills and understand why difficulties in reading occur and what we can do about them, including for learners who may be dyslexic.
Is this course accredited?
Our Level 4 and 5 CPD programme is approved by The CPD Standards Office and you receive a certificate from Dyslexia Action upon completion.
How is the course delivered?
- The course is delivered online 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 is 3-5 hrs a week (20-30 hours total study over a 7 week period)
- There are set start and assignment submission dates
- There are no ‘live’ or ‘taught’ lessons
- Tutor support is offered through the course forums
- Dyslexia Action uses the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Campus Online as the method of delivery for the CPD units
- This qualification equates to Level 4 or 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
This unit is comprised of three study cycles, each of which includes a Study, Practice, Reflect, and Collaborate section. There are also associated practical tasks, with reference to current research and case studies.
- Be qualified to at least level 3 (‘A’ level) on the UK qualifications framework or have other equivalent qualifications and relevant experience
- Teaching assistants must be mentored by a qualified teaching professional whilst on the course
Participants should normally be employed as a:
- Qualified classroom teachers or teaching or learning assistants with at least one year of recent and relevant teaching or learning support experience in a dyslexia/literacy support setting in the UK or internationally
- Have a minimum English language ability level such as IELTS 6 or TOEFL 60-78 points.
Please note: We reserve the right to request information in support of all applications from a headteacher or other suitably qualified line manager or referee.
How long does it take to complete the course?
- Total study time is 3 hrs a week. This equates to 20 hours of total study over a 7 week period.
- There are set start and assignment submission dates that must be adhered to, each course has an assignment portfolio for participants to work through which allows you to extract the key points of the course materials without having to write extensive answers. The portfolio contains different exercises consisting of short answers, filling in tables and writing personal responses or reflections. You will also be required to contribute to the online forums on a weekly basis.
Book DACPD84 as a stand-alone CPD unit
Study the Level 4 Developing Reading Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD84) an individual Level 4 CPD course to enhance your skills in a particular area.
Single CPD Unit Cost – £295 + VAT
This CPD course runs six times a year with start dates in September, November, January, March, May and July. Please click on the date below to make a booking.
- 13 March 2024
Book by 6 March if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration (invoice upfront/pay later option has now closed)
- 8 May 2024
Book by 24 April (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 1 May if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration
- 10 July 2024
Book by 26 June (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 3 July if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration
- 11 September 2024
Book by 28 August (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 4 September if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration
Book DACPD84 as a part of an Award
Awards contain three-set CPD Units. By booking an Award you will save a total of £30 as opposed to booking the units individually.
For more information on the Award that this unit is included in please visit the following page:
Award Cost – £855 + VAT
Please note: When an Award is booked, participants will study the first unit on the Award start date, the second and third unit will follow in date succession. All three individual units must be completed within a one-year period.
To book DAAWD52 or DAAWD67, please visit our online booking page and select the date you wish to start.
Please note bookings close 2 weeks before the start date.
Is the Developing Reading Skills in Learners with Dyslexia CPD unit part of a Certificate?
The Developing Reading Skills in Learners with Dyslexia Unit is included in the following certificates.
Please note: Certificates can be completed if you book six set individual units or two set Awards.
Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST)
If you would like to train to become a full specialist SpLD teacher/practitioner, you may be in a position to enrol in the following teacher/practitioner certificate course:
The Level 5 Diploma (DIST) confers eligibility for Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG) recognised as the first grade of professional membership for a specialist teacher/practitioner and approved by The CPD Standards Office. The Level 5 Diploma is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) and PATOSS for Associate membership.
Do you hold a degree?
As an alternative to the pathway routes, we offer a Level 5 Graduate Route: this route is only available for graduates with at least two years of recent and relevant teaching or learning support experience in a dyslexia/literacy support setting and takes one calendar year to complete. More details can be found here.