Level 5 Premium Specialist Teacher Programme

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy.

Remote Blended Learning

Accessible nationally

You don’t have to be a teacher to become a Specialist Teacher.

Get in touch with our team and we will talk you through what your new career could look like.


Liz and Julia, Directors, were asked to create a Premium Course that reflected their ‘ultimate dream’ for a specialist teacher course that went over and above the requirements of the qualification. Liz and Julia applied the same principles, standards, and approach as when they founded a specialist school for learners with dyslexia which went on to achieve outstanding results to create this Premium Course for a limited number of candidates.

Dyslexia Matters has been recognised for many years as providers of excellent training. Liz and Julia, Directors, are co-authors of the Gateway nationally recognised qualification, accredited by the BDA and Patoss. Feedback from awarding bodies and candidate reviews reflect the quality of the training. Dyslexia Matters has successfully trained more than 450 specialist teachers.

  • Work best collaboratively with colleagues and a course leader, discussing new concepts and ideas.
  • Benefit from additional examples such as case studies to broaden the scope of their experience and discussing qualified specialist teachers’ practice.
  • Know that having regular meetings to discuss coursework with everyone participating at the same point, helps them maintain momentum and motivation.
  • Want to set the qualification in the context of the wider role of specialist teacher. These candidates will welcome opportunities to explore different settings for learners with dyslexia.
  • Would like to explore setting up as an independent practitioner, with practical guidance
  • Would like to explore how the role of Specialist Teacher within an educational setting can be enhanced by auditing and setting targets for the whole establishment. The programme also provides practical resources that can be used after qualifying, devised, tried, and tested by the Dyslexia Matters’ team.
  • Are interested in the role of motivation in the learning process
    • Study at a time to suit you
    • Practical tasks and best practice activities
    • Portfolio documentation and guidance templates
    • Dyslexia Matters informal assessment kit
    • Tutor support
    • An introductory webinar
    • Additional weekly interactive webinar programme during term time
    • Case Studies
    • Teaching observation and discussion
    • Opportunities to meet the Head of a specialist school
    • Opportunities to meet the Head of a Specialist Teaching and Assessment Centre
    • Webinars cover a wide range of additional skills and resources, such as:
      • setting up as an Independent Practitioner
      • supporting settings: internally and externally
      • motivating learners with special educational needs
      • post-qualification resources and systems

 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 informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist-teaching programmes to learners of all ages.

On completion of this course, those applicants who hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be eligible for British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS); others would be eligible for Approved Practitioner Status (APS). Having ATS or APS gives candidates further recognition as a Specialist Teacher of learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) / Dyslexia.

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.

Teachers, HLTAs, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and those with a level 3 qualification or higher looking for a new career.

Candidate courses are funded by their settings, local authorities or privately.

The cost of this course is £3,450

The course comprises 60 credits of online learning, complete with online assessment.  


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