2020 Annual Conference & AGM: SASC Authorised

For the 2020 conference, we are doing things a little differently as we are celebrating 30 years of Patoss conferences. We have invited two leading authorities in their given subject to be our Keynote speakers: Prof Maryanne Wolf and Prof Kate Nation . The event will be held in the Great Hall at Imperial College London.


Keynote Speaker

In this video Prof Maryanne Wolf gives an informal overview of her latest book Reader Come Home – the reading brain in a digital world.

Also, don't miss Professor Wolf’s keynote address at our 2020 Conference where she will look at the implications for teaching, learning and the workplace if an individual has difficulty with rapid naming, or very importantly, the issues with later reading fluency that it predicts.

Her presentation will also outline her new dual model, called ‘the bi-literate reading brain’, and how we see dyslexic readers learning with this model.


Professor Maryanne Wolf as the morning keynote will be speaking on 'The Reading Brain and Dyslexia in a Digital Age'

In this presentation knowledge about the reading brain will be used as a lens on reading development, on dyslexia, and on the changes to deep reading and empathy in a digital world.

The presentation will look at the journey taken since my early research which led to the development of ‘rapid automatised naming’ (RAN), one of the best indicators of dyslexia regardless of the language that the dyslexic individual is reading in, to develop further strategies for supporting reading development in dyslexic learners. It will touch on what the implications are for teaching, learning and the workplace if an individual has difficulty with rapid naming, or very importantly, the issues with later reading fluency that it predicts.

We want our readers to become expert, flexible code-switchers with parallel levels of fluency in different mediums to address our increasingly digital world.  This talk will outline this new dual model, called the bi-literate reading brain,  and address  how we see dyslexic readers learning with this model; what opportunities we, including parents, teachers, individuals themselves, can provide for our learners to develop deep reading and to be ‘biliterate’ in the digital world.

Maryanne Wolf was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, and the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.  Currently she is Visiting Professor at UCLA, where she will direct the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice. She is also affiliated with the Dyslexia Center in the UCSF Medical School and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, which she co-founded. The latter initiative aims to help nonliterate children in remote regions in Africa, India, Australia, and our own backyards to learn to read on tablets.  She is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, including the Fulbright Fellowship, the American Psychological Association Teaching Award, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study for the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the NICHD Innovative Research Award, and the highest awards by the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Learning Disabilities Association. She is the author of Proust and the Squid (Harper), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press), and over 160 scientific publications.  She lectures around the world, including multiple presentations on global literacy for disenfranchised children at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. We are delighted to have her as a Keynote speaker at this 2020 Conference.

The Panel

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Our morning keynote will be followed by a panel of key contributors for a question and answer session. Comprising Maryanne Wolf, Kate Nation, Amelia Roberts, Jim Rose and Lynn Greenwold.



Afternoon Session on 'Waking up Thinking Skills' with Dr Amelia Roberts

Dr Roberts will explore how the core underpinnings of Thinking Skills are relevant to most new approaches to High Quality Teaching, but in particular have much to offer teachers in terms of supporting Oracy, self confidence, literacy skills and even spelling!

Dr Amelia Roberts:
Dr Roberts is a Principal Teaching Fellow at UCL and Deputy Director of UCL Centre for Inclusive Education. Dr Amelia Roberts’ research focuses on knowledge exchange and reflective practice to support teachers of vulnerable pupils and covers inclusive education, Lesson Study, Autism and whole school approaches to Social, Emotional and Mental Health. She is the Labour Party's Resident Expert on Special Educational Needs and works with the Department for Education on a number of projects, including co-writing two reports for Whole School SEND and as an Inclusion Expert for the Standards and Testing Agency. She has spoken recently on Sky News, BBC South East today and BBC Radio. As part of her UCL role, she regularly visits the Falkland Islands and has worked with UNICEF in the Sultanate of Oman on an ‘Inclusive Classrooms’ project and an inclusive education project evaluation in Moldova with JK Rowlings charity ‘The Lumos Foundation’.

Keynote Speaker


Professor Kate Nation as the afternoon keynote will be speaking on 'Learning to read and learning to comprehend: approaches appropriate for teaching and effectiveness of taking those approaches'

The scientific study of reading has taught us a good deal about how children learn to read. There is much though still to understand.  We know relatively little about how children develop from novice to expert: how do children move from the laborious reading of individual words to the sense of effortlessness we, as skilled readers, experience as we read and understand text?  And why do some children find this so difficult? This talk will reflect on how language shapes the development of a child's reading system, with particular emphasis on what is clearly the ultimate goal of reading – to understand what it is that has been read. With this as a backdrop, we will consider how best to support reading comprehension in the classroom, drawing on recent research findings. This talk will reflect on how language shapes the development of a child's reading system, with particular emphasis on what is clearly the ultimate goal of reading – to understand what it is that has been read. 

Kate Nation as Tutor for Psychology, is responsible for making the arrangements for the Experimental Psychology (EP) and Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics (PPL) students at St. John's. She provides undergraduate tutorials across all three years, covering a range of topics in psychology.  She also contributes to the Psychology for Medicine course. A College Advisor to a number of graduate students in College who are researching a wide variety of topics in psychology and neuroscience.  In the department, she gives a 2nd year lecture course on Developmental Psychology and a 3rd year advanced course on Reading and Language: Development and Disorder.  She supervises postgraduate students working in the field of psycholinguistics (the psychology of language), especially written language.


Lynn Greenwold, Patoss CEO, address: Lynn will be looking to summarise ‘Where are we now?’ an annual update on developments and issues over the past year in an optional 45minute session to round off the conference.

Additional Information

CPD Values

Please note the keynote speeches will give you 1 hour 30 mins CPD each providing a total of 3 hours SASC approved CPD.  There will be a total of 5 hours CPD throughout the day.

Exhibitors, Sponsors and Suppliers

During the lunch and breaks you can visit the multiple exhibitors, suppliers and information desks which are hosted in the Exhibition Hall.  A list of exhibitors and principle sponsors will be made available before each conference, so you can be sure not to miss out... Take the opportunity to buy books from the Patoss resources library or from many of the exhibiting retailers


PATOSS is calling for research posters which can be displayed during our annual conference. The poster will need to be A1 and will be set up for participants to review during the conference.  The research might arise from either academic studies from MA or specialist teacher/assessor type courses where research is required as a feature of the course or from workplace research. If you wish to indicate an interest in displaying a research poster please complete our Poster Submission Form. Any questions please contact Kevin Smith ksmith@patoss-dyslexia.org

Local Groups

If you’re a member of a Local Group or wish to find out more about your Local Patoss Group, a Local Group representitive will be available for questions throughout the day and will host a lunchtime meeting which you are welcome to attend.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM this year is held during the lunch break and is your opportunity to come along and see what we've been up to and ask any questions. Attendance is optional


This event is an unmissable opportunity to come together with likeminded individuals to enable you to share experience, best practices and develop new skills. When a subject becomes the “hot topic” then Patoss host a special breakout networking session to address that particular area.

What you get on the day

Other than coming home with a raft of new information and having built fantastic networks, Patoss provides attendees with comprehensive notes covering all presentations and sessions in the form of a conference brochure. The pack also includes information on further events and activities with a few extra goodies thrown in for good measure.


Teas, coffees and soft drinks are provided on arrival and mid-morning. A 'packed lunch' comprising a sandwich, packet of crisps, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water will be provided. We endeavour to accommodate any special dietary requirements if you let us know, in advance of, or when booking your place. We are offering lunch this way to speed up the serving process to allow more time for networking and visiting exhibitors.


08.30am - 9.30am  Registration open, Refreshments and Exhibitors zone

10.00am - 11.45am  Conference opened by Lynn Greenwold, First Keynote Address by Prof Maryanne Wolf introduced by Sir Jim Rose

11.45am - 12.30pm  Question time with 'The Panel' - Maryanne Wolf, Kate Nation, Amelia Roberts, Jim Rose, Lynn Greenwold

12.30pm - 1.45pm  Lunch

1.15pm - 1.30pm  Annual General Meeting (optional)

1.45pm - 2.15pm  Dr Amelia Roberts: Waking up Thinking Skills

2.15pm - 3.45pm  Second Keynote Address by Prof Kate Nation

3.45pm - 4.40pm  Lynn Greenwold, Patoss CEO: ‘Where are we now?’ an annual update on developments and issues over the past year

5.00pm  Close

Joining Instructions

Joining instructions will be sent by email one week before the event to the email address given by the course booker. However, all the information you need for the day is within this page.

Terms & Conditions

By submitting a booking you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 


Sheila Rostill, Conference Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   0330 135 7030

When & Where

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 SASC Blue Block

3 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 3 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

What is SASC? 

Call for poster entries!!!

Engaged in research that can inform SpLD specialists’ practice?  Submit an application to display your poster at the conference.

Poster Submission Form


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Exhibiting & Advertising Zone

Principal Sponsors

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Confirmed Exhibitors

2020 Conference Flyer (PDF)

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