Understanding and Supporting Learners with Dyslexia

An online course brought to you by Patoss in partnership with SEND Solutions. Accredited by CPD Standards Office


This online course is set at Levels 2 and 3 and is designed with maximum flexibility in mind.

It is designed for anyone who works with learners with SEND from EYFS to secondary, whether Teaching / Learning Support Assistants, independent tutors, NQTs, classroom teachers, SENDCos, or senior managers.

It can be undertaken by individuals working on their own or by whole staff teams or school groups. No entry requirements apply to Level 2; Level 3 requires the successful completion of Level 2.

How does it work?

The course is delivered entirely online via a bespoke Moodle platform.

When you sign up to Level 2, you will be given access for six months so that you can listen to the materials as often as you like and work through them at your own pace. Delegates progressing to Level 3 have up to a further 6 months in which to complete their study.

The Level 2 course is delivered as five modules, involving approximately 13 hours of study (equivalent to 13 CPD hours), and including recorded slides as well as activities to maintain your attention and reinforce your learning. Each module is divided into short sections, allowing you to learn in manageable chunks.

An interactive quiz at the end of each module enables you to review and check your understanding of the key points.

Successful completion of all the quizzes leads to the award of the Level 2 certificate and the option to progress to Level 3.

Level 3 involves completion of a practical, reflective task, equivalent to approximately 20 hours of study (Level 2 + Level 3 combined are equivalent to 33 CPD hours).

What will you learn?

Level 2

Module 1: Neurodiversity and Dyslexia

The first module provides an overview of dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), considering how current views of neurodiversity and co-occurrence have impacted on the way we view learning differences.

You will consider how – and why – SpLD affect learners in the classroom, building an awareness of the signs which may indicate that a learner is at risk.

You will meet Isabelle and Josh, two case study learners, who will accompany you throughout your journey on the course.

And you will be introduced to the Neurodiversity Profiler, a free tool to help you build a holistic profile of your learner, taking into account their learning strengths as well as their challenges.

Module 2: The impact of dyslexia: phonics and reading

This module examines the impact of dyslexia / SpLD on reading development, analysing the skills involved in reading and considering how these are affected by the difficulties experienced by dyslexic learners at various stages of education.

You will consider a range of support strategies, from ideas for supporting decoding and word-recognition skills, to strategies for reading comprehension.

Module 3: The impact of dyslexia: spelling and writing

Like the previous module, Module 3 focusses on the impact of dyslexia / SpLD but with an emphasis on spelling and writing skills.

You will gain an understanding of the processes involved in producing a piece of writing and the areas of difficulty which may impact on these.

And again, you will learn strategies that may be used with learners at all stages of the education system to help with spelling – whether regular, monosyllabic words, or complex, multi-syllabic subject-specific vocabulary, and with planning and structuring a piece of writing.

Module 4: Enabling environments

This module considers how the learning environment can contribute to a pupil’s success and how the creation of a supportive environment can support the needs of those who experience SpLD.

We will discuss how simple adjustments to your classroom practice can support difficulties such as slower speed of processing or poor working memory, and we will consider ways to develop motivation and self-esteem.

Module 5: Interventions and monitoring progress

The final module contextualises the preceding learning within a discussion of additional, specialist support and the use of the Graduated Approach to plan effective interventions.

Consideration is given to measuring impact and roles and responsibilities within a person-centred approach.

Level 3

The Level 3 qualification permits you to put into practice your learning from the Level 2 modules through a practical, reflective task.

The 800-word written task requires you to work with a learner / group of learners. You will demonstrate your ability to profile one selected learner and use the Graduated Approach to identify needs, plan an appropriate taught session, deliver the session, and, finally, reflect on its effectiveness and any next steps.

The task is marked by a link tutor who will provide detailed feedback to further support your professional development.

Why this course?

When committing to training with Patoss, you can be confident you will receive a high quality, engaging and well-informed training package.

Your skills and expertise should improve rapidly, enabling you to make an immediate positive impact for the learners in your setting, whilst, at the same time, developing a long-term approach.

As well as achieving accredited certification on completion, you will also be eligible for Affiliate Membership of Patoss, to continue your professional development and awareness.

We believe this course provides essential study for all class teachers, support tutors, and other professionals. But don’t just take our word for it. This is what participants in the course pilot have said:

Extremely useful! I have learnt a lot from the course and look forward to using my expertise to help the children and staff in my school.

It is going to help me provide a more thorough service and has enhanced my knowledge and skills enormously. Thank you!! Excellent course which I would highly recommend. Class teacher / Inclusion manager

From a class teacher point of view, [the content] was excellent. It went to a bit more depth than other training done before and gave some really practical tips to support children in a range of ways.

As SENCO, I see that staff often struggle to consider the range of strategies they are putting in place for a child. I think this module helped to draw attention to some of the more subtle things we do to support children with Dyslexia . . . extremely useful learning. SENCo

It was incredibly easy to navigate.  I liked the fact that you could pause to make notes and relisten if not understood . . .Very useful to my role and will enjoy disseminating to staff. Deputy Head/Y3 teacher

The Neurodiversity profiler is going to be invaluable in informing my future practice and I think it will enable me to support my learners in a way that much better suits their individual needs.

[The course] is presented in easy-to-manage chunks with a variety of ways of displaying the information (including graphs and infographics) which has helped me to stay interested and motivated throughout. The information is interesting and presented well and even the narration felt comfotable to listen to and added to the information, rather that just reading the slides aloud. HLTA

Click here to book: Level 2 course cost: £395 (option to upgrade to Level 3 on completion by contacting the office; additional cost for Level 3: £200)

Click here to book: Level 3 course cost: £595 (inclusive of Level 2)

Group discounts available. Please contact info@patoss-dyslexia.org for more details.

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