Proposed Groups and Groups working towards formal status

Proposals have been made to set up these Groups. If you would be interested in joining the Group or in helping to set it up, please write to the proposer at the email address shown.



Greater Manchester   Marilyn Jones,


The proposed group is progressing well, having held two open meetings, with interest from teachers, tutors, assessors from all phases of education. We now have a committee and have just met to plan our first year’s activities. We’re hoping to keep future meetings quite informal – we’re a friendly bunch and are all happy to share ideas and expertise. Our membership year will run from September 2017 – members will be able to attend meetings for free, so please get in touch if you would like to join.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 7pm to 8.30pm at Aquinas College, Nangreave Road, Stockport.

“Diagnosing Dyspraxia / DCD in post 16 students” – Julie Meadwell, a group member, will give an overview and lead a discussion on best practice. Members and guests are invited to bring an anonymised student profile to share with other attendees.


Tuesday, 6 March 2018.  7pm to 8.30pm at Aquinas College, Stockport.

John Hicks, who recently presented at the SEN Jigsaw Conference in Leek, will speak to us about how to help maintain self esteem and support students in finding their own direction in life. John is a trained life coach and business consultant and the founder of Studying with Dyslexia Blog. He is a father of a dyslexic teenager and understands the challenges that dyslexia presents. 


Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 7pm to 8.30pm at Aquinas College, Stockport.

“Ideas for report recommendations” and “Here’s a great App I’ve used” - an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues


These 3 meetings for the year will be free for members of the group. Non – members who belong to PATOSS will be charged £9 per meeting. The cost for non – PATOSS members will be £12 per meeting.


For the final part of each meeting, we will have a regular slot for those with appropriate qualifications. It will be called “Tricky student / tricky profile”. If you have carried out an assessment and would welcome the opportunity to discuss the profile with others, or if you are tutoring/supporting a student and running out of ideas, we hope this will give members a chance to share expertise and ideas.



Lancashire                   Paul Graham,


We would welcome any potential members with an interest in supporting the setting up of the Group to contact us and we would also like to encourage people who are interested in connecting through online email and chat- type forums to build up a network of people so we can try and get some CPD arranged that may promote attendance. We are keeping in touch with people who have shown an interest in the setting up of a Group.



North Devon                Kim Smith,



North Yorkshire          Mandy-Jayne Lace,



Scotland                       Local Groups Team


There are currently no Groups in Scotland. If anyone would be interested in setting one up, please contact the Local Groups Team.



South Yorkshire or





Although Georgina is not able, at the moment, to move forward with setting this Group up, she is currently collecting the names and contact details of individuals who would like to be part of it.




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