Aims of Patoss

Our mission is to help people with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) succeed in their education and workplace by nourishing the professionals who teach, assess and support them.

The aims of Patoss, are to:

Establish and maintain the professional status of persons qualified to teach students with specific learning difficulties by:

  1. giving a professional corporate response to appropriate government departments and agencies on matters affecting individuals with specific learning difficulties
  2. enabling members to update and extend their knowledge and skills and to exchange ideas through an annual conference, bulletins and local groups
  3. promoting the continued provision and development of appropriate specialist qualifications in the assessment, teaching and support of individuals with specific learning difficulties

Promote fuller understanding and recognition of specific learning difficulties by:

  1. encouraging research into specific learning difficulties at all levels and disseminating the results of this research
  2. promoting greater understanding and recognition of specific learning difficulties and sharing knowledge, awareness and understanding of the same at all levels
  3. promoting links with teachers in all sectors of education working with individuals with specific learning difficulties
  4. encouraging the development of the teaching of individuals with specific learning difficulties at all levels
  5. promoting communication and mutual respect between practitioners, researchers and others engaged and interested in this field.