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Share the Love – it’s International Book Giving Day Today !

It’s International Book Giving Day Today!

International Book Giving Day

Celebrated every year on 14 February in over 44 countries, International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. There are many ways to share the love of reading across the globe during #bookgivingday and for this particular occasion, Dyslexia Action Training are offering an online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short course – Developing Reading Skills (DACPD84) beneficial in helping to support learners’ reading skills.

How can we help you develop your students’ reading skills?

For 40 years, Dyslexia Action Training has been supporting teaching assistants, SENCOs, instructors, tutors, lecturers and learning support staff by implementing programmes promoting reading skills in the UK and overseas.

By enrolling on our online Developing Reading Skills (DACPD84) unit, candidates will be able to:

1. Compare recent models of reading skills and to understand their relevance to readers with dyslexia who are learning English or other alphabetic languages  

2. Examine the phonological, morphological and orthographic processes that underlie reading competence and explains why explicit, structured tuition can help build language awareness in learners with dyslexia  

3. Consider the difficulties that readers with dyslexia can face when accessing print.

Developing Reading Skills (DACPD84)

Reading Skills

How is this short course delivered?

The Developing Reading Skills (DACPD84) short course is delivered online and is part of the Dyslexia Action Training’s Level 4 and 5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme.

The CPD Programme is quality-assured by The CPD Standards Office. These short courses are delivered online, supported by a tutor, and are 30 hours of study completed over a 7-week period. Upon completion, you will receive a Dyslexia Action Unit Certificate.

Is this unit part of a wider qualification?

If you wish to progress your studies with us in the future, the Developing Reading Skills (DACPD84) unit can be used as a part in one of the following pathways:

International CPD Programme

Literacy CPD Programme

How can I book or find out more?

If you would like to know more about our CPD units or our Level 4 / 5 or 7 International Programmes in general, please visit our website for more details. Courses run six times a year and we have dates in March, May, and July available to book now.

Have you heard of The Dyslexia Guild?

The Dyslexia Guild logo

Established in 1994,  The Dyslexia Guild is open to all those with a professional or general interest in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD) both in the UK and overseas.

Professional members hold designatory letters and include primary and secondary teachers, SENCOs and teaching assistants as well as Further and Higher Education support tutors and advisory specialists. Our network is also highly relevant to dyslexia and specific learning disability assessors, librarians and other specialists through Affiliate membership.

Why should I join The Dyslexia Guild and how will I benefit?

The Dyslexia Guild provides a wealth of benefits to its members including discounted professional development courses, online forums, a vibrant annual conference and a range of publications available through our unique online library, membership journal, and e-newsletter.

The Effective SEN Support Provision – Middle Leaders course is live!

Middle Leaders CourseOur parent company Real Group in conjunction with Real Training are pleased to announce that a brand new Effective SEN Support Provision – Middle Leaders course, created in partnership with Whole School SEND is now live – and all educators can access it free of charge!

This course is aimed at current and aspiring middle leaders who want to develop, embed and enact new skills in SEN support and provision.

You can learn more about the Middle Leaders course and how it could benefit your teams by accessing the dedicated page here

Please note: The Effective SEN Support Provision – Middle Leaders courses free course is not recognised as CPD for ADG FE/HE Dyslexia Guild members who have not yet completed The Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56) but may be suitable CPD for qualified Guild members.

How this course benefits participants and their schools?

By completing this free CPD course, delegates will be able to:

• Understand how middle leaders can support strategic SEND provision while identifying opportunities to coordinate with other leaders in the school #

• Consider how effectively whole school approaches are implemented in their subject area

• Reflect on how line management can support effective SEND provision.

• Identify strategies and resources to support colleagues, including early career teachers, within a department to develop their practice

• Reflect on how subject-specific content can be presented to pupils with SEND

• Consider how assessment and tracking can support the identification of pupils with SEND

• Assess the learning environment for pupils with different needs, then identify and implement key strategies and resources that will support them

How is the course delivered and how long does it take?

The Effective SEN Support Provision – Middle Leaders course is delivered fully online and should take most current or aspiring middle leaders no more than 15 hours. The great news is you’ll be able to access the course for 12 months, so you can enjoy the course at a time, place and pace which works for you. However, there is no time like the present to continue to develop your inclusive leadership skills and knowledge.

Black Friday Special Offer

Black Friday Special OfferBlack Friday Special Offer

For November 2019 we have some Black Friday special offer available for a selection of our Dyslexia Action Training courses. 

CPD Programme Offers – Units/Awards

Visit our list of courses and qualifications for more detailed information on the qualifying courses and to book, but don’t delay this offer is only available between 29 November and 13 December 2019.

Level 5 Programme Offers

  • £100 off DAAWD80  April 2020 cohort use code BFAWD802019
  • £100 off DACRT60 for those eligible to join the April 2020 cohort use code BFCRT602019

*Please note the discounts can only be applied at the time of booking online and not in retrospect.
Terms apply

Visit the online page for more detailed information on the qualifying courses and to book, but don’t delay this offer is only available between 29 November and 13 December 2019.

If you have any queries please email trainingcourses@dyslexiaaction.org.uk 

Join Dyslexia Action – the largest dyslexia online training provider in the UK

dyslexia online trainingDyslexia Online Training

We are an online dyslexia training provider. Dyslexia Action Training offers specialist teacher training/practitioner & specialist teacher/practitioner assessor training. We offer pathways to achieve specialist teacher/practitioner assessor status. Our courses are designed to strengthen the expertise and confidence of teachers, SENCos, practitioners, teaching assistants, learning support staff, language therapists, tutors, and lecturers who support students with literacy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

Dyslexia Action 

Here are some useful links to our main areas of training:

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance in answering any questions you may have about dyslexia online training.

Join The Dyslexia Guild

You may also be interested in membership of The Dyslexia Guild which offers numerous benefits, including post-nominals (letters after your name), an annual conference, online forums, topical journals, e-newsletter and online library with e-books and e-journals. You can find further details on The Dyslexia Guild website here.

Dyslexia Action Shop

You may have noticed that the Dyslexia Action Shop has many new and popular psychological assessments and resources available to view at the show last month. Please get in touch with our team at the Dyslexia Action Shop on 01784 222339, via email at shop@dyslexiaaction.org.uk or simply visit the website for more details.   


Are you looking to apply for or renew your Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)?  

APCRenew or gain an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential for specialist teachers, assessors, and practitioners; it helps you to stay at the forefront of information in the field by updating your knowledge and professional practice. We have recently updated our Applying for and Renewing an Assessment Practising Certificate (DAAPCONL) online course, suitable for those looking to renew or gain an APC.  The course will detail new developments in diagnostic reporting and include materials and guidance based on the new SASC report format (mandatory from Summer 2020).

What are the benefits of applying for an APC?

An APC is a licence to practice for those carrying out assessments in schools for Exam Access Arrangements and in colleges for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Many schools and college employers also now require their specialist teaching or support staff to obtain an APC.

Who can apply for this course?

Candidates should normally be qualified specialist assessors with a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent, and be familiar with diagnostic assessment report writing. Eligible and current guild members can save £10 on the course fee.

Why study with Dyslexia Action Training?

Dyslexia Action Training is a SASC Authorised CPD Provider. Twelve learning hours, of which five hours of the total learning hours for this course are recognized and accredited by SASC as fulfilling, in part, the (minimum) 20 CPD hours required over three years that contribute towards gaining or renewing an APC.

When and how can I apply for this course?

Our next intake is 20 November 2019 (register before 6 November) and other dates include January, March and May 2020. 

£205 +VAT for Non-Guild Members paying online by debit/credit card at the time of registration.

£195 +VAT for Guild Members paying online by debit/credit card at the time of registration.

To apply for the course, please complete an online booking form on our website here.

Amnesty/Grand-parenting route from March 2019 – March 2020 only

For a limited period qualified and practising specialist teacher assessors with a full level 7 qualification in assessment (e.g. the Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice (Middlesex University) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy (York) who have not previously applied for, or held, an Assessment Practising Certificate will be able to obtain an APC by completing an application form and uploading a copy of their qualification certificate. The fee is £180 and includes the SASC listing fee of £30 see Assessment Practising Certificate – APC read our brochure under ‘Download further information’ and apply directly under ‘How much does it cost and how to apply?’

I already hold an APC, do you offer other courses for SpLD Specialist Teachers or Assessors?

Dyslexia Action Training and Real Training offer a range of courses for qualified SpLD specialist teacher assessors to update their knowledge and skills in specialist assessment for SpLD. A list of all the qualifications we offer for specialist SpLD teachers and assessors can be found here

Should you need any further information regarding our CPD Level 7 Courses for SpLD  professionals do give us a call on 01784 222304 or email us at trainingcourses@dyslexiaaction.org.uk 

Celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Week 7-13 October 2019

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia Awareness Week 7-13 October 2019 is a great opportunity to mention Dyslexia Action Training’s Dyslexia & Literacy Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme which has been recently been shortlisted for the Teach Secondary Awards.

Dyslexia Action Training CPD Programme

Our CPD programme enables teachers, tutors and learning support staff to become qualified specialist teachers/practitioners to gain specialist knowledge and practical skills relevant to a wide range of settings. The courses run six times a year with start dates: November, January, March, May, July, and September. The courses are fully delivered online with the allocation of a tutor. 

CPD Progression 

Dyslexia Action Training flexible CPD programme offers the opportunity to promote dyslexia awareness and choose from a range of study options:

  • Units – Enhance your skills in a particular area with just one level 4 or 5 units.
  • 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, you should sign up for units or awards in your chosen pathway first.

CPD Units Available  

The CPD Short Courses for teaching professionals at all levels include topics to bring dyslexia awareness such as 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.

Level 4 Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD51) 

CPD/International Pathway

Level 4 Supporting Individuals with Memory Weaknesses (DACPD52) 

CPD/International/Adults Pathway

Level 4 Structured, Cumulative Multisensory Tuition for Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD53) 

CPD/International Pathway

Level 4 Developing Reading Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD84)



Level 4 Developing Writing Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD85) 

CPD/International Pathway

Level 4 Developing Spelling Skills in Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD86) 

CPD Pathway

Level 4 Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD91)

 Adults Pathway

Level 5 Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92) 

Adults Pathway

Level 5 Developing Writing Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD93) 

Adults Pathway

Level 5 Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings (DACPD94) 

Adults/International Pathway

Level 5 Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96)

Adults Pathway

Level 4 Developing Numeracy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia (DACPD99)

Not in a Pathway but can be swapped out with one other unit (conditions apply)

How to apply for a CPD unit or award? 

There is still time to apply for a CPD unit or award for those who wish to start on 20 November 2019. 

Each CPD unit costs £295 + VAT. Book three set units as an Award and save £30 cost is £855 + VAT. 

If you want to apply for any of the above courses, please go to our Make a booking page. The deadline to apply for a November start is 6 November (if paying by invoice) or 13 November (if paying by credit/debit card). 

Should you need any further information regarding our CPD Programme do give us a call on 01784 222304 or email us on trainingcourses@dyslexiaaction.org.uk 


Our Level 5 SpLD Fast Track Route is now available!


Focal Points For LiteracyDyslexia Action Training is pleased to announce the release of our level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61) Fast Track Route to becoming an SpLD qualified teacher/assessor.

The Level 5 SpLD Fast Track Route is now available for graduates who cannot commit to 20 hours a week study time which is required on the Level 7 route.

This Fast Track Route will start in January 2020. It is only available to those who hold a degree or foundation degree plus a minimum of two years recent and relevant teacher/practitioner experience within an educational establishment

The Level 5 Diploma Fast Track Route programme consists of:

  1. Focal Points for Literacy (DAAWD80)

  2. The level 5 Certificate in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DACRT60)

Total completion of the Level 5 SpLD Fast Track Route would be one calendar year.

The level 5 Diploma course provides an introduction to a unique structured specialist teaching programme, the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) that can be used in school or college settings or with individuals of any reading age in private practice.

The Award in Focal Points for Literacy (DAAWD80) starting date is 6 January 2020. If you are keen to register, you can book a place today. The deadline to join this course is 22 November 2019.

If you do not hold a degree you may be interested in our Pathway route to gain the level 5 Diploma refer to our primary/secondary, adult and international CPD pathways.

The Level 5 Diploma (DADIP61) confers eligibility for Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG) recognised as the first grade of professional membership for a specialist teacher/practitioner.

The Level 5 Diploma is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) and approved by The CPD Standards Office.

Dyslexia Action’s CPD Programme is shortlisted for a Teach Secondary Award

We are delighted that our online Dyslexia and Literacy CPD Programme has been shortlisted in the CPD category of the 2019 Teach Secondary Awards.

Our online short courses from our CPD Programme offer teaching professionals of all levels the chance to develop new and existing skills to support all of their students including those with dyslexia and other co-occurring difficulties. The online CPD Programme units offer to learn at levels 4, 5 and 7 with the option to combine units to achieve Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas which are approved and quality-assured by The CPD Standards Office.

Here are some thoughts on the programme from our delegates:

“This course was very informative and well presented. Excellent support from a tutor with quick and helpful responses. This has been my first experience with Dyslexia Action and I intend to study further from here.”
“I have learnt so much in reading and reflecting on this unit. The course is really well put together and I have appreciated your advice and observations. I feel there is still a lot I need to learn, but I am in a much better place to encourage and support ‘my’ students with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties.”
“It has been a really fantastic course, and I’ve learnt a great deal and I’m already sharing new ideas with my students.”
The awards are currently in the final judging stage with the results being announced in October this year – so watch this space for more news on this later in the year.

Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Training

Specialist Dyslexia Teacher TrainingHave you heard about recent DfE and SASC guidelines regarding Assessment Practising Certificates (APC)?

Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Training update. The Department for Education (DfE) changed its evidence requirements for applications for the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA; for higher education students). Dyslexia/SpLD Reports undertaken at any age will now be accepted for the purposes of a DSA. Please note: Form 8 Access Arrangement Reports are not acceptable as these are not full assessment reports.

From March 2019, dyslexia or SpLD reports at any age need to be produced by a specialist teacher assessor with an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). Then, the APC must be issued by an SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) issuing bodies e.g The Dyslexia Guild or a practitioner psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for them to be valid for DSA purposes.

Besides, assessment reports undertaken by a fully qualified specialist teacher assessor or an HCPC registered psychologist prior to March 2019 will now be accepted by Student Finance England (SFE) for DSA purposes. For more information, please click here here.

Would you like to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)?

As a result, we outlined below the qualifications to become a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Training and then apply for an APC:

1.A Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Training qualification at Level 7 or Level 5 such as:

Dyslexia Action Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention (Level 7)*


Dyslexia Action Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (Level 5)*

*This Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Training eligible for Associate Member (ADG) with The Dyslexia Guild or ATS/APS with the BDA

2. Real Training CCET or CPT3A  and register on the British Psychological Society Register of Qualifications in Test Use  (BPS RQTU) as Test User

3. Complete Real Training Dyslexia – Professional Report Writing (DPRW)*

*Please note to enroll on DPRW module, it is mandatory to have completed CCET/CP3A, registered with the British Psychological Society Register of Qualifications in Test Use (BPS RQTU) and hold Associate Membership (ADG) with the Dyslexia Guild or ATS or APS.

After gaining the above qualifications how do I apply for an APC?

Please click here to see information and a detailed brochure of how to apply for an APC with the Dyslexia Guild.

Free Access Arrangements Update course – Registrations open for Real Training

Free Access Arrangements UpdateFree Access Arrangements Update 

Real Training, our sister company, will organise for the second consecutive year a free Access Arrangements Update course.

Having said that, we’re happy to be able to share two pieces of great news at the start of the summer term. Registrations are now open for this autumn. Secondly – having taken on board feedback from some of last year’s delegates who need to maintain SASC CPD – we’ve now registered the course with SASC and those completing the course now benefit from three SASC-accredited CPD hours.

If you want to read more about it, access this link.

To book your place, access this page.