Professional Services

Providing CPD and additional training

Patoss runs a range of training courses every year as well as an annual conference with an important keynote speaker and a mix of practical workshops to help you update your skills. The courses are offered in London and the regions and provide SASC-approved CPD for renewal of your APC at a reduced rate for members.

Certifying your ability in assessment and teaching

We offer two important ways for you to demonstrate your professional knowledge and competence in assessment, teaching and Specific Learning Difficulties. These are the Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) and the Teaching Practising Certificate (TPC).

Putting you in touch with your nearest local Patoss group

It’s great to build a network of colleagues who share your professional interest in working with students with SpLD. Patoss has over 20 local groups throughout the UK and is always happy for more to start up in areas not currently covered. Local groups offer great networking opportunities as well as local talks and training events.

Providing access to insurance

We offers access to professional indemnity and public liability insurance for those members who work privately and are therefore not protected by an employer’s scheme. A legal helpline is a benefit for all members. Full details are available here.

Keeping you informed of current practice and research

Our twice-yearly journal, the Patoss Bulletin, is packed with articles from researchers and practitioners giving a lively mix of news from the cutting edge of research and meaningful, hands-on guidance on what works when teaching individuals with SpLD. Books reviews, guidance on CPD and reflections on government reports complete the package.

Job opportunities in the field are listed here. An excellent place to reach a group of professionals with the right qualifications.

Offering DBS checks For specialist teachers who are self-employed Patoss offers a DBS checking service.

Join us  - With all these wonderful services on offer, why not join us? Click here for membership grades and an application form. Membership grants access to the membership-only area of the website.