Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy.
At Dyslexia Matters® we are a friendly, caring, approachable team of current practitioners , and our mission is to help people with specific learning difficulties and those who work with them.
When you train with us you will experience a warm and supportive learning environment and receive generous assessor input while gaining up to date, practical knowledge and access to online resources , placing you at the cutting edge of Dyslexia.
This is a blended learning course, as blended learning has proved to be the most effective route to becoming an outstanding assessor, with an active experiential approach to developing skills alongside studying current research. Feedback from previous candidates has confirmed this :
The sessions ‘were so useful as I was a little nervous about administering some of the tests and this gave me a real chance to look through each one as well as having a go before administering it to my learner. I could also chat to other members of my group about tests they had used previously. Although I was aware at the start of the course that I would have to have access to standardised tests my school only had a limited selection.’ These sessions ‘enabled me to make a valued decision about which ones I would need to buy’.
Candidates receive access to an online portal with lectures and resources to support their progress throughout the course. They also have access to an online forum to discuss their thoughts and questions with other candidates.
This course provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher and assessor, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to assess and deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties. It is a nationally and professionally recognised and accredited Ofqual qualification that was co-authored by the Directors of Dyslexia Matters’ Directors themselves.
Dyslexia Matters has excellent and long-standing reputation and excellent credentials in the field of dyslexia. Educational settings approach Dyslexia Matters when they have vacancies as they hold Dyslexia Matters training in high esteem, as they have over 20 years of practical hands on knowledge and the Directors were founders of a specialist school for learners with dyslexia and associated difficulties. The Directors continue to be passionate about training Specialist Teachers and empowering each individual to make a real difference to learners they support.
- An ‘excellent centre’
- It ‘delivers courses of an exceptionally high standard turning out well prepared teachers and assessors who are prized by the organisations for which they work’
- Delivered ‘well respected and nationally recognised gold standard qualification for teachers and assessors of learners with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties’
- Known as ‘a centre of excellence in the provision of these courses’
- ‘encourages a high standard of work. Portfolios show evidence of excellent improvement coming from focussed feedback’.
- ‘Portfolios show a high level of knowledge and understanding of the course standards and requirements. This Centre provides excellent training’
- ‘All assessors are extremely competent, highly qualified and experience’
- ‘End users and employers of the trained candidates were surveyed. These evaluations and feedback demonstrate value of this course and the high satisfaction with which they regard the’
The Level 7 course that we offer is dependent on the candidate having completed teaching practice of 20 hours for the Level 5 within the last 3 years- an exception can be made for teaching practices completed longer than 3 years ago if there is evidence of appropriate continued teaching practice and CPD.
All candidates will need to have completed 20 hours of teaching practice before starting the Level 7 units. These can come from the Level 5 course, or for candidates with extensive experience in the field of dyslexia/specific learning difficulties can be undertaken with us without the need to do all the Level 5. There would be an additional charge for this teaching practice.
A primary concern of Dyslexia Matters and indeed the British Dyslexia Association is that the professional help available to people with dyslexia of all ages and abilities should be of a consistently high quality. Your qualification will enable you to conduct standardised assessments and deliver specialist-teaching programmes to learners of all ages.
On completion of this course, those applicants can apply for British Dyslexia Association Membership (AMBDA).
In order to help you to achieve your professional goals, and to maintain our high standards, Dyslexia Matters offers flexible training options to suit individual candidates’ personal circumstances and ways of learning.
A warm and supportive learning environment and receive generous assessor input while gaining up to date, practical hands-on knowledge and access to online resources, placing you at the cutting edge of dyslexia. Our strength is that we cater for each person’s needs individually, in an empathetic and multi-sensory way.
This course provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher, developing the knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and the ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties. It is not an essay driven course and there is no written exam. It is a nationally and professionally recognised and accredited Ofqual qualification that was co-authored by the Directors of Dyslexia Matters’ Directors themselves.
The course comprises 80 credits of online learning, complete with online assessment.
“As a manager of staff who have undertaken their training with Dyslexia Matters I can only say that staff have come away with the knowledge and understanding that they need to fulfil their roles in school. I will therefore continue to use Dyslexia Matters in the future.”
“While Dyslexia Matters maintains strict guidelines and expectations for the standards that they expect from candidates and will not compromise on these, the company ethos is all about enabling candidates to achieve and to succeed. The level of care and support given to candidates is second to none.”
“Another very important area in which Dyslexia Matters excels is in the way that assignments are planned and presented and most importantly in the feedback that candidates receive. Candidates are given very specific instructions with templates to help them to organise and structure their work. Expectations are made very clear. Those marking work are highly knowledgeable and again have the necessary skills, understanding and qualifications to complete this activity. They provide very clear information about what the candidate has done well and guidance is given which will enable the candidate to have a clear understanding of what s/he should do in order to develop work and improve.”
“Course materials provided are very clear and informative. In all aspects of the course they follow best practice in respect of optimising learning. A simple example of this is in their PowerPoint presentations. There’s nothing worse than being told that you should use a particular font style and size and then being shown an ‘all singing and dancing’ PowerPoint with lots of bright colours which is cluttered and confusing with print that is too small to read!”
“Those delivering the course are very well qualified and have an outstanding knowledge of their subject. What is more important is the fact that they have relevant experience in the field and so can talk from real-life contexts etc. This ensures that they have the necessary credibility with their candidates.”
“Many of our staff have been trained by Dyslexia Matters. Several have completed the level 5 and others are working towards or have completed the new PAPAA qualification. In so far as members of staff are concerned, the courses that they attended were well organised. The administration was effective and efficient. Course requirements were set out clearly. There was plenty of support at various levels.”
“I would most definitely recommend Dyslexia Matters. We are a specialist school for pupils with dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties. At our school, all staff teaching literacy, as well as those doing 1 to 1 tuition must have a specialist dyslexia teaching qualification.”