The current cohort of The Dyslexia Award candidates has responded positively to Dyslexia Matters newly accredited course. They have completed the input for Unit 1, which develops the course members’ knowledge base, confidence and effectiveness as practitioners. 

Unit 1 has a twofold aim:

1.    to support course members to learn more about 

·      what might cause dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties, 

·      what kind of learning contexts are effective in including dyslexic learners and those with specific learning difficulties, and

·      attributes of effective teachers of dyslexic learners and those with specific learning difficulties.

2.    to support course members to become more effective and confident practitioners themselves and be in a well-informed position to give advice to their colleagues.

The evidence, independently collated at the end of the study period, indicates that the unit was both effective and cost-effective in meeting these aims to a very high degree:

·      The overall retention, completion and pass rates for this unit were very high.

·      Individual student evaluations of course effectiveness were invariably very positive


Who do you know that would benefit from this course?

Someone in your setting may wish to embark on a new journey and extend their knowledge of dyslexia. This short Award is also the perfect stepping stone toward becoming a specialist teacher.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you wish to find out more or send your colleague this link:

Level 5 The Dyslexia Award



This is just one way you can share your dyslexia related goals with others.


Congratulations to our recent cohort of Level 5 and Level 7 candidates who have been successful in gaining their qualification. We are delighted to once again have had a 100% pass rate.  It is wonderful that schools will gain Specialist Teachers and Assessors to enable learners with Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties to move forward as this is at the heart of everything we do.
The latest external quality assurance report recognised that we were ‘a centre of excellence in the provision of these courses'

Well done to all our candidates, assessors and the Dyslexia Matters Team.

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

One small step in training: one giant step for learners with dyslexia.

A staged approach to achieving Specialist Teacher status
By Julia Hewerdine

Encourage others to embark on their quest 

Receive £50 for each successful referral by following this link
Learners with dyslexia can make giant leads forward with the right sort of
support, both academically and emotionally. Becoming a specialist teacher
can make this happen and your colleagues and friends can now choose to attain this goal by taking a small step towards gaining a specialist teacher qualification:
Our specialist teacher qualification can now be approached in two stages, as well as the existing stand-alone Specialist Teacher diploma.
Step one:       Level 5 The Dyslexia Award
Specialist in Group Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties     
£900 (+VAT- refundable for most schools/colleges/charities)
Step two:       Level 5 Diploma to become a Specialist Teacher:
Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties
£900 (+VAT- refundable for most schools/colleges/charities) when candidates have completed the Level 5 Award
Standalone   Level 5 Diploma to become a Specialist Teacher:
Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties
From £1600.00  (+VAT- refundable for most schools/colleges/charities)
We have created a significantly shorter Level 5 Award, a qualification that
is only 12 credits. The Award is basically the ‘foundational level’ of a
specialist teacher diploma. In other words it is a percentage/part of a
diploma course that can be studied in isolation, but will prepare you for a
diploma. By completing the Award, you will be learning about key concepts
which underpin the diploma as well.  

Once the Award level course is completed and candidates are ready for the next
steps to becoming a Specialist Teacher, they would be enrolled on a Level 5
diploma at a significantly lower cost.  

An added advantage to this staged option is that it provides candidates with
a gentler approach to embarking on a large qualification, while gaining an
additional qualification and skills in working with groups, which is proving
very popular due to budget constraints in educational settings.


What is….


What is the most effective type of lesson?

The Rose Report findings

By Julia Hewerdine



Learners with dyslexia will benefit the most when learning:

      Is personalised

      Uses evidence-based support programmes

      Has the key features of specialist teaching programmes:

                                                • phonetic• multisensory • cumulative

                                                • sequential• progressive• small steps

                                                • logical

      Ensures overlearning

      Focuses on metacognitive processes

      Builds self-esteem

'Knowing what a learner with dyslexia will benefit from in their lessons will help you achieve your goal related to dyslexia. Sign up to join the hundreds of candidates already benefiting from our courses and be part of our journey to make the changes people with dyslexia need.'




What is….


The importance of speech, language and communication development

Links with dyslexia

By Julia Hewerdine



There is a link between speech and language difficulties and dyslexia.

Children who come to the task of reading with well-specified phonological representations are well-placed to establish links between the letters of printed words and the sounds of spoken words. Children who find it difficult to hear the sounds in words find it difficult to acquire literacy skills.


Understanding the link between language development and literacy delay is one of the many ways in which we can help you develop you knowledge so that you can achieve your goal related to dyslexia. Sign up to join the hundreds of candidates already benefitting from our courses and be part of our journey to make the changes people with dyslexia need.