Charities join forces to deliver £750,000 DfE project

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Charities join forces to deliver £750,000 DfE project to equip the school workforce with the skills to deliver quality teaching and support for pupils with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).

A group of charities, led by the British Dyslexia Association, is delighted to announce that, following the Department for Education’s recent round of funding for SEND support, together they have been awarded a contract to the value of £750,000 to provide services to support children and young people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs). These services will include free teacher training events offered across the UK to help teachers understand, identify and provide appropriate teaching and support to young people with dyslexia and other SpLDs.  All those involved are very excited to have the opportunity to have an impact on improving the future outcomes for these young people.

The group of charities who will deliver the project comprises the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), Dyslexia Action, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, Patoss, and The Dyspraxia Foundation. The project will be evaluated by a team of dyslexia and education experts from Manchester Metropolitan University, who will provide a full impact report at the end of the contract.

The contract runs from 17th May 2016 until the end of March 2017 and will see the partners delivering a series of free ‘Train the Trainer’ events to teachers and support staff from up to 3,000 primary and secondary schools, and 1,500 post 16 institutions. Each school/provider is invited to send 2 staff to attend a Train the Trainer day, where they will receive a cascading training pack to deliver to their colleagues. In addition, the funding allows for the development of a free online resource portal to provide quality assured information and expert guidance about dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties for young people, parents and carers, and professionals. This will be hosted on the British Dyslexia Association website:

During the coming months, the partners will be advertising the free training events as well as opportunities for people to get involved in providing feedback and advice.

Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to contact:

Liz Horobin

Project Manager

Dyslexia and SpLD Support Project

British Dyslexia Association

Tel. 0333 405 583



Notes to Editors

About the British Dyslexia Association (B.D.A.)

The British Dyslexia Association ( is the voice of dyslexic people; it listens to their views, represents their agendas and presses for long lasting sustainable change. The British Dyslexia Association offers training, advice, information and help to dyslexic people, their families, employers, teachers and education professionals.

For more information on dyslexia please go to or call the National Helpline, which offers free and impartial advice and signposting on 0333 405 4567.


About Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action is a national charity with over 40 years’ experience providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. We provide advice and support through our national Learning Centres to individuals, educational establishments and organisations in the public and private sectors across the UK. Find out more about how Dyslexia Action can help at


About Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation is the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia/DCD.  Based in Hitchin, Herts the charity supports individuals, families, carers and adults with dyspraxia and offers advice to professionals in health, education, employment and anyone with an interest in the condition.  It publishes leaflets, information sheets and annual Professional Journal, organises conferences and events around the UK, facilitates a membership and a network of local groups and provides support via a website and social media.  It offers a dedicated helpline service from 9 – 5, Monday to Friday.


Tel: 01462 455016 (Admin)

Tel: 01462 454986 (Helpline, 9 – 5, Mon – Fri)




Patoss, is the Professional Association for Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).Patoss represents the largest number of tutors who work with students with SpLD across the age range from primary to adults. Many of our members are qualified specialist teachers and assessors who are able to provide specialist support and to carry out a range of assessments including assessing for support programmes, access arrangements and Disabled Student Allowances.

Patoss offers a range of Continuing Professional Development training opportunities to enable, teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs, Managers and other professionals to better manage the needs of people with SpLD in the education and work place environments.

For further information, go to or phone 01386 712650.


Helen Arkell

Helen Arkell is the UK’s longest established and most widely respected organisation for identifying and assessing dyslexia at all ages, and for teaching the next generation of experts in dyslexia.

We offer a range of services for children and their parents, adults, employers and employees, teachers and other professionals.  These include consultations with parents, assessments across the age range, workplace dyslexia training and support, specialist tuition, OCR professional training courses, in-service sessions in schools and businesses, skills development for adults, courses for parents and a range of other short courses.  We also have a specialist shop and resource centre, and an online and mail order facility.

For further information, please go or phone 01252 793400.


Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Education hosts the Centre for Inclusive Education and Disability Studies (CIEDS)

The CIEDS team lead a number of Masters programmes in the field including Specific Learning Difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions and in Inclusive Education as well as the BA (Hons) Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. We also supervise numbers of Ed D and PhD students.

Members of the team are all research-active and regularly publish in international journals, as well as presenting at international conferences.  A major current research project, funded by the Irish Government, is investigating how new teachers are prepared for inclusive education.


Email  Telephone  +44 (0)161 247 2909

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