Dyslexia - Understanding & Improving Support
Understanding & Improving Support for Employees, Learners and Pupils
Dyslexia affects about 10% of the population in the UK – that’s about 6 million people. This means that there is likely to be at least one person in every workplace, group of trainees or learners who is affected in some way.
The Disability Discrimination Act (2005) and the Equality Act (2010) require organisations and employers to make reasonable adjustments for anyone working or training on their premises.
Many of those affected by dyslexia find ways and means to deal with the challenges it can present; many organisations make provision for assessing and supporting individuals but there are also individuals struggling to cope and far too many organisations who do not understand what reasonable adjustments might look like.
There are also several myths about dyslexia which confuse and mislead.
This fast-paced intensive but fun workshop provides an understanding of dyslexia; including indicators and implications, but most importantly a range of easy to implement ideas, suggestions and strategies that organisations and individuals can adopt to enable those affected to maximise their potential and efficiency.
This workshop is primarily designed for managers and staff from all educational establishments and could include, for example:
- Schools, Colleges, Learning Providers, Prisons, Playgroups and Youth Clubs
- Quality, IAG, Student Services. SLDD Representatives
- Heads of Department and Year
- Teachers Lecturers, Trainers, Assessors, Learning Support Teams
The workshop is also designed to be of considerable use and interest to all those involved with recruiting, training or supporting staff including staff, managers and HR Personnel from:
- Private, Commercial and Corporate Business
- Public Sector Organisations
- Voluntary and charitable organisations
NB: This workshop is not aimed at those who have an in depth understanding of SpLD.
'Very useful and well structured to educate about the basics.'
The Urdang Academy
'One of the best training sessions!'
Teacher Trainer, Newham College or Further Education
'It does what it says on the tin - provides a very good understanding of dyslexia and provides ideas of supporting learners.'
Functional Skills & ALS Co-ordinator, LCBT
'A great insight into how we should be approaching learning for Dyslexics, with lots of practical advice and tips.'
Principal Pharmacist, Buttercups Training
Aims and Objectives
As a result of the workshop participants will be better able to understand
- the indicators of dyslexia and other associated disorders – what it looks and feels like
- the relevant legislation and what is meant by ‘reasonable adjustments’
- how to meet those legislative requirements
- strategies to support others – good practice
- how individuals can help themselves
- how to support individuals with dyslexia
and will be able to identify
- where to go for further guidance
- useful tips and tools to use in their context
The workshop is broken down into 5 distinct but related sections and will be a mixture of information and activity. In each section, participants will be encouraged to share good practice.
1. Facts and myths about dyslexia
Dyslexia receives much media coverage and there are talks of miracle cures and best teaching methods. This session aims to clarify the reality; focusing on the definitions, the law and a common sense approach.
2. Indicators and commonly reported problems
- Characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders
- Issues for different age groups from pre-school to adult
- The potential impact on organisations and individuals
3. What you can do
- A positive approach – a consideration of the positive aspects of dyslexia and how to get the best from people
- Checklists you can use
- Making the workplace or learning environment dyslexia friendly
- Sustainability – ongoing training and practice
4. What individuals can do to help themselves
- Tips and techniques
- Resources and external support
5. Action Planning
- An opportunity for participants to reflect and to plan for the future with support and guidance from the trainer
- Ideas for additional sources of information and support
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
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Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities