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Teaching and Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). Year 2: Specialist assessment and teaching of learners with specific learning difficulties (AMBDA)
Thursday 30th September 2021, 8 Full days 1 half day

Areas Covered: -

  • current research underpinning contemporary theoretical explanations of the nature of dyslexic-type difficulties
  • theory and practice of psychometrics and educational testing;
  • the relationship of that theory to the assessment of cognitive strengths and difficulties of learners;
  • preparing and disseminating technical reports, including the provision of advice and recommendations
  • the use of structured, sequential, cumulative, multi-sensory literacy teaching programmes based on phonics and morphology;
  • the evidence-base concerning effective interventions for learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties
  • The implications of social, emotional, behavioural, co-occurring and community issues for dyslexic learners and their families.
  • the role of ICT in screening for and teaching of specific learning difficulties/dyslexia and support and access to learning;
  • the implications of and issues arising from current curriculum developments;
  • delivering staff development for an inclusive curriculum.

Course Outcomes: -

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of contemporary theories and perspectives relating to the monitoring and evaluation of programmes of support for dyslexic students and their families 
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically apply the theory and practice of psychometrics and the educational testing of students with dyslexia, including the preparation of technical diagnostic reports for other professionals
  • Be able to apply and critically evaluate diagnostic assessment techniques in a practical setting 
  • An ability to: Develop and demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to observe diagnostically and assess the cognitive abilities and difficulties of learners who fail to become competent in literacy and report appropriately on their needs and provision required.
  • Design, produce, deliver and critically evaluate and monitor learners' progress in appropriate programmes in relation to the assessed needs of a range of dyslexic learners, making reference to current theory and research.
  • Write diagnostic assessment reports following the current SASC criteria for Assessment Practising Certificate renewal applications www.sasc.org.uk
  • Successful completion of the course will allow students to apply for AMBDA status with the British Dyslexia Association and gain their Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)

Who is it for? – Teachers and other professionals already holding a Level 6 degree.

At least two years relevant professional experience teaching/supporting learners of school age (18 years or under) required.

Plus successful completion of Accredited Teacher Status (ATS) or Accredited Practitioner Status (APS)modules.

 Proposed dates. Maybe subject to some changes.

Dates: - full days unless specified

Day 1: Thursday September 30th 2021

Day 2: Thursday 14th October 2021

Day 3: Thursday 4th November 2021

Day 4: Thursday 18th November 2021

Day 5: Thursday 2nd December 2021 (shorter day)

Day 6: Thursday 3rd February 2022

Day 7: Thursday 3rd March 2022

Day 8: Thursday 17th March 2022

Day 9: Thursday 12th May 2022

Duration: --      8.5 days

Fee: - Year 2 £2,000. (for students currently studying ats with LCI team & University of derby)

Fee:- Year 2 £2,800 (for students Joining from other course providers)

(Students will need to also buy assessment resources and test papers for their own use)

Location: -

In person training, venue to be confirmed. If face to face training is not possible then this course will run online but dates and times may be subject to change.


Course details:

Reference: SPCLCOUR2935
Date: Thursday 30th September 2021
Time: 8 Full days 1 half day
Cost: £2000 per delegate (Leicester Maintained Schools)
£2000 per delegate (All Other Schools - Non-Maintained)
Trainers: Deb Perkins, Julia Everett & Jeanette Wright
Location: In person training, venue to be confirmed. If face to face training is not possible then this course will run online but dates and times may be subject to change.

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