SpLD/Dyslexia: Professional Practice in Assessment & Reporting 'PPAR'

Patoss, in collaboration with the University of South Wales, is delivering a 30 credit Level 7, SASC authorised module, leading to an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).


This module will provide you with the theoretical foundation, appropriate tools and supervised practice to develop your existing specialist skills into those of the specialist teacher assessor.

Course Description

University of South Wales and Patoss tutors will share delivery of the academic component of the module and Patoss, through its group of professional practice tutors and a dedicated online learning platform, will provide additional support to develop your assessment practice.

This course is designed to enhance students’ existing understanding of SpLD/dyslexia, which will have been established through previous study. To be eligible to undertake the course, there are two possible pathways:


Pathway 1: You will have completed the following:

  • the Patoss AAA: Assessing for Access Arrangements, the Communicate-ed PAPAA course or the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET)
  • a specialist teaching qualification accredited at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) level.

Pathway 2:

  • you will have an AMBDA level specialist teacher and assessor qualification gained more than 5 years ago and want to assure that your assessment practice is completely up to date.

Entry requirements apply so for further information please contact the Patoss lead tutor, Julie Baister jbaister@patoss-dyslexia.org

Course Outcome

Successful completion will enable participants to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate which endorses a specialist teacher’s qualifications and competence to undertake full diagnostic assessments for specific learning difficulties/dyslexia. 


The next course is due to commence in September 2020 with four London-based attendance sessions, held on Saturdays, which will take place from September 2020 to January 2021. Course fees: £2200 per person, invoiced on successful application.

What our delegates say: 

Following a question about how the course so far has impacted upon their own practice:

I have more confidence in interpreting a diagnostic report now and explaining it to parents

In my role I have revised the way I say things to staff and parents 

Whilst carrying out the first case study, the interaction with parents has been humbling. I have amended the way that I speak with them. 

On the knowledge gained during the PPAR course: 

It has linked theory to current practice.

I have realised the need to up-skill as an assessor and that I can't be complacent. 

On the PPAR course and workload the responses were: 

I have valued the contact with other PPAR course members

Terms & Conditions

By submitting an application, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within of 30 days from the date in which your application is confirmed as successful, or before the first day of the course [whichever is sooner] and accept our terms and conditions which contain our cancellation policy.


Julie Baister, Patoss Lead Tutor

E: jbaister@patoss-dyslexia.org

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This course is worth 300 hours CPD

SASC Blue Block

30 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 30 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

What is SASC?


This course uses blended training, which means it is made up of both attendance and online training.

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SpLD Dyslexia Professional Practice in Assessment and Reporting USW