Patoss participates with a wide range of stakeholders.

Patoss is well regarded by Government departments and other agencies enabling us to become involved in the latest consultations on matters affecting individuals with SpLD. We report these to you via new updates and our regular newsletter so that you can keep abreast of potential changes.

Patoss replies to Children and Families Bill

Patoss welcomed the opportunity to reply to the draft legislation on Reform of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

For our full response click here.

Update on the Literacy and Dyslexia-SpLD Framework

'The Literacy and Dyslexia-SpLD Professional Development Framework has now undergone 'Phase 2' and includes the following new features:

 * You can download your personalised results from each strand, including your top ten recommended resources

 * There is a 'Schools Page', with a step-by-step guide for the busy teacher

 * An 'introductory video' including voice-over and screenshots to show you exactly how to do a self-assessment (also available on Youtube)

* Information on how to create an INSET from the framework, including two example Powerpoints. One covers 'Theories of Dyslexia'; the other covers 'The Phonics Screening Check'.

 * There is a voiced-over Powerpoint presentation that explains the Framework and discusses some possible ways of using it.

 * There is a new 'Add to Favourites' feature to bookmark the resources you like best.

 * There is also a 'Send to' feature for you to share your favourite resources.

 * We have added some cutting-edge professional development materials, including videos of Models of Good Practice, from the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, which shows schools showcasing techniques and strategies to support literacy learning. We also have the new TDA materials which contain interactive modules on a range of topics including School Leadership, Assessing Reading and Assessing Writing. These are all free!

There is also still more to come, including teacher toolkits; case-studies from teaching schools who have used the Framework to tailor-make courses for their cluster schools and updates of courses from nationally recognised training providers. We will let you know as soon as they 'go live'. There is no charge to the user for any aspect of the Framework.

The Framework can be accessed on:

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust

Patoss is a founding member of the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust and currently holds the chair.

The Literacy and Dyslexia/SpLD Professional Development Framework is a key resource developed by the Trust as an easy to use online tool that encompasses the levels of knowledge and skills required across the education workforce to support all learners with dyslexia/SpLD. Patoss has co-led on its development and dissemination. Literacy and Dyslexia/SpLD Professional Development Framework

The Trust signposts to other key resources for schools and parents developed through the Trust or provided by member organisations. The Trust has produced a 32 page brochure entitled 'Trust Offer to Schools and Pathfinders' available to view or download below. The document includes information on all the Trust's freely available resources - a professional development framework, an on-line searchable database of effective interventions, a suite of case studies and models of good practice and a support network to empower parents and carers.

The Trust was established to bring together and provide a combined voice amongst the organisations working to improve outcomes for individuals with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. It provides reliable, unbiased information to parents, teachers, schools, local and national government and acts as an important communication channel between government and the community and voluntary sector.

The Trust does not seek to replicate or replace services and roles that are fulfilled by the partners, but rather to support partners and others to:

  • ·         enable those services and roles to be delivered to common standards that reflect the evidence of best practice
  • ·         enable the provision of clear and consistent information to support parents, young people, teachers, schools, training agencies, local and national government and others concerned with the education and well-being of individuals with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties
  • ·         work with government and its Strategic Partners to promote and develop the capacity of VCS organisations.

Member organisations include: Patoss, the British Dyslexia Association, The Driver Youth Trust, Dyslexia Action, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, Springboard for Children and Xtraordinary People.


SASC [SpLD Assessment Standards Committee]

This steering committee is a standard-setting group concerned with the diagnostic assessment of specific learning difficulties in an educational setting. SASC serves to

  • provide guidance on training, implementation of standards
  • oversee and approve processes of awarding SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates.


and through its sub-committee, the SpLD Test Evaluation Committee [STEC]

  • evaluate test tools
  • review the approved/recommended tests of the SpLD Working Group 2005/DfES
  • provide a forum for sharing good practice from a range of interested bodies.

Parliamentary Debate on Dyslexia in Education

Patoss contributes to debate on Educational Support for Dyslexia.

An important Parliamentary Debate was held on Educational Support for Dyslexia on 14 December 2011. Patoss contributed to informing the debate through its briefing document Informing the Debate: Educational support for dyslexia .

The debate can be viewed here Educational Support for Dyslexia