Training and events

Save the date - 10th Annual Dyslexia Conference - Friday 19th June 2019

Keynote Speaker: Gavin Reid

Keynote presentation: Learning to Learn: Metacognitive Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Keynote Workshop: 10 tips for Developing Metacognitive Skills

Dyslexia Training Courses for 2019 - 2020

 

  • Do you want to learn more about how to identify and support children with dyslexia and literacy difficulties?

  • Are you looking for practical solutions and strategies that are proven to work in a mainstream primary or secondary classroom?

  • Would you like to learn more about successful interventions for reading such as precision teaching, paired reading and reciprocal reading?

  • Do you want to learn more about supporting working memory and maths difficulties?

  • Would you like to learn more about supporting writing and spelling?

  • Do you want to develop a more dyslexia friendly environment in your classroom or school?

 

Our courses each stand alone, but also combine as a dyslexia-friendly package. We offer a ‘hands-on’ approach to understanding dyslexia, with a focus on implementing best practice within the classroom setting.

 

When are the courses?

  • Dyslexia Awareness                                            28th November 2019

  • Dyslexia: Supporting Reading                            5th December 2019

  • Dyslexia: Co-occurring Difficulties                      27th January 2020

  • Dyslexia: Supporting Spelling and Writing         10th February 2020

 

Who is this training for?

The courses are aimed at all teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs teaching and supporting learners at all levels and in any educational setting.

Staff in all Dyslexia Friendly and inclusive schools, wishing to update their knowledge, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Lead professionals in prospective Dyslexia Friendly Schools aiming for the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark or seeking to re-verify their DFS Status are encouraged to attend the Dyslexia Friendly Package training (see below).

 

We look forward to welcoming you onto our courses

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1:

Dyslexia Awareness (Thursday, 28/11/19)

This entry level course is designed to give a firm grounding in the awareness of dyslexia, how to recognise typical indicators and what action to take.

 

What content is covered?

 

  • Discovering Dyslexia: the Rose Report definition, typical indicators

  • Recognising dyslexia using informal assessment

  • Dyslexia and the Swindon Core Standards

  • Multi-sensory Learning

  • Visual Difficulties and what to do about them

  • Creating dyslexia-friendly resources

  • Making ‘reasonable adjustments’

  • How do we perceive dyslexia?

 

 

 

Day 2:

Dyslexia: Supporting Reading (Thursday, 05/12/19)

This course brings together both classroom strategies and proven interventions to support the reading of learners with dyslexia or literacy difficulties.

 

What content is covered?

 

  • Reading and dyslexia / Phonics and dyslexia

  • WESFORD

  • Improving Phonological Awareness

  • Classroom strategies to support reading

  • Finding the right reading intervention

  • Proven and free of charge interventions to support reading including:

    • Precision Teaching

    • Reciprocal Reading

    • Paired Reading

 

 

Day 3:

Dyslexia: Co-occurring Difficulties (Monday, 27/01/20)

Very often dyslexic learners experience co-occurring difficulties such as poor working memory, dyscalculia/maths difficulties, dyspraxia and ADHD. This day explores how we can meet the needs of these learners.

 

What content is covered?

 

  • What does ‘neurodiversity’ mean?

  • What is Working Memory?

  • Supporting learners with poor working memory?

  • Dyslexia and ADHD

  • Dyslexia and dyspraxia

  • Maths difficulties or dyscalculia – what’s the difference?

  • Supporting learners with maths difficulties and/or dyscalculia

 

 

Day 4:

Dyslexia: Supporting Spelling and Writing (Monday, 10/02/20)

This course considers how we can develop the learner’s metacognition, self-esteem and motivation to support spelling and writing.

 

What content is covered?

 

  • What’s it’s like to be dyslexic? Can it be a strength?

  • Developing metacognition

  • Strategies to support spelling

  • Developing motivation for writing

  • Alternative forms of recording including how to use Microsoft’s free Learning Tools

Core (2 days)

This entry level course is designed to give a firm grounding in the awareness of dyslexia, how to recognise typical indicators and what action to take.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at teachers and teaching assistants teaching and supporting learners at all levels and in any educational setting.

Staff in all Dyslexia Friendly and inclusive schools, wishing to update their knowledge, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lead professionals in prospective Dyslexia Friendly Schools aiming for the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark or seeking to re-verify their DFS Status are encouraged to attend the “Dyslexia Friendly Package” training (see below).

 

Core: what content is covered?

 

  • Discovering Dyslexia: the Rose Report definition, typical markers and indicators

  • Co-occurring difficulties

  • Visual Difficulties

    • Use of the Coloured Overlay Screener

    • The Wilkins Rate of Reading Test

  • Recognising dyslexia using informal assessment

  • Introduction to testing

  • Reading, writing and spelling support: advice, strategies and tips

  • Intervention: better intervention and support sessions applying reasonable adjustments

  • Independent learning

  • Precision Teaching

  • Paired Reading

  • Dyslexia Friendly Schools: Whole school considerations and advice on how to become one

  • Working effectively with parents/carers

Enhanced (2 days)

The ‘Enhanced’ training courses offer a more specialist and in-depth knowledge of dyslexia (and other specific learning difficulties). Guest speakers will discuss their area of expertise. It is a pre-course requirement that delegates will have attended the Core course, or appropriate dyslexia awareness training via another route: for example, Dyslexia-SpLD Online Inset, Inclusion Development Programme training courses (archived online) or similar prior to the start of the course.

Who is this course for?

The enhanced course is primarily aimed at teachers and teaching assistants in mainstream settings, practitioners in specialist settings, SENCos or SEN teachers generally, or teachers in mainstream settings seeking to specialise in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.

 

Enhanced: what content is covered?

 

  • Definitions and theories of dyslexia

  • Dyslexia, language and literacy

  • Phonological awareness and processing

  • Supporting verbal and working memory

  • Identifying learners with specific learning difficulties

  • Making the most of professional assessment reports

  • Planning support

  • Dyslexia Friendly Environments

  • Using ICT to support learners

  • Co-occurring difficulties

  • Visual Difficulties

  • Supporting self-esteem

  • Supporting comprehension

  • Reciprocal teaching

  • Study Skills

  • Free writing analysis

  • Mathematics and dyslexia, dyscalculia

  • Working with parents/carers

  • Signposting to the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust’s Professional Development Framework and webtool

 

(Some minor modifications of content outlined above for both Core and Enhanced courses may be made)

Dyslexia Friendly Package (4 days)

 

This four day course combines all of the training days. This is a discounted package when compared to the cost of the courses taken separately.

It is intended to give the in-depth knowledge and awareness of dyslexia necessary for anyone leading a school towards the SBC Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark

 Whole School Dyslexia training
 We offer whole school training within your setting for £500 per day or £300 for a half day
Bespoke training packages
We may also be able to offer training on specific interventions and aspects of supporting learners with literacy difficulties. Please enquire for details.
General Enquiries about our Training Events

For general enquiries about any of our training and events, or to book a place, please contact Sue and Rachel by email and they will be happy to help:

Email: dyslexia@millbrook.swindon.sch.uk