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Supporting Students with Dyslexia (SSD)

5 hours (online) - £110 (for an unlimited number of delegates)

This five hour course will be appropriate for teachers and learning support tutors or others who wish to find out about what it is like to be dyslexic and who are looking for practical ideas to support learners of all ages. Being dyslexic is not just having reading and spelling difficulties! This course will consider the wide range of difficulties that can be associated with dyslexia and the support strategies that should be in place in a mainstream classroom.

The course will cover:

  • Definitions of dyslexia
  • Strategies for supporting dyslexic learners of all ages
  • Dyslexia as a ‘specific learning difficulty’
  • Making the learning environment ‘dyslexia friendly’
  • Identifying learners who may be dyslexic
  • How dyslexia friendly is your school?

The course tutor is Sarah Beard.

Sarah Beard

Sarah Beard

Sarah is a Specialist Teacher who runs a number of accredited dyslexia courses through her company dittas Ltd (http://www.dyslexiatraining.net) She also offers teaching and assessment of dyslexic learners of all ages, through dyslexia services (http://www.dyslexiaservices.net) and works closely with local schools. Sarah has extensive experience of teaching and assessing learners of all ages, having worked for over twenty years supporting dyslexic learners, including ten years in a College of Further and Adult Education. Sarah also lectures locally and nationally on the subject of dyslexia and SpLD and was joint founder of the PAPAA course. She holds APC and AMBDA status.

This course is designed to be administered in one of two ways:

  1. Ideally a group of staff will be able to access the course together at the same time. For this we recommend that you use a digital projector and large screen with speakers to amplify the presentation.
  2. If one or two staff members are unable to make the group session, the centre administrator (i.e. the person who was sent the login details, password etc) can arrange for individual staff members to access the course on a PC with headphones. Please note that due to the login requirements it is only possible for one person to be accessing the course at one time using this method.

You will have 10 days from the start date you choose to login and view the course – you can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10 day period, and there is not a maximum number of delegates for the total course fee. All delegates must all be from your school or college, you can’t use the course to train staff from other centres. We do not provide individual certificates for delegates attending this course, but on request we can provide a certificate confirming that your school or college accessed the training. You may wish to add the name of each delegate who attended the course to this certificate so that they have a personalised copy for their CPD file.

Our course tutors can come to your school or college to run the training face to face. Please email for more information (admin at communicate-ed dot org dot uk).

To view our 5 minute Introduction to Communicate-ed Online video please CLICK HERE.

For over a decade we have been running courses across the country, aiming to provide high quality, value for money training for education professionals working in the area of special needs. Many of our delegates are telling us that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses ‘off-site’. In response to this, we now offer a number of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting SEN Students.

With the internet now so accessible, the advantages of online courses are clear:

  • They can be accessed at the delegate’s convenience, in the workplace or home
  • Delegates don’t need to travel, saving time and transport costs
  • Running costs are lower, allowing us to pass savings on to our delegates
  • We can offer significant discounts for colleagues accessing the same course

Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

You will have 10 days (or for some courses 20 days) from the start date you choose to login and view the course. You can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10/20 day period.

Please note that if you book as a group using one of our second or subsequent delegate discounts, due to the login requirements, it is only possible for one login at a time to be used to access the course. It won’t be possible for more than one delegate to be accessing the course on different computers at the same time.

If a group of delegates are accessing a course together, all delegates must be from your school/college; you can’t use the course to train staff from other centres.

N.B. Delegates will need a good broadband connection to access our online courses.


  • Early Bird £110.00
  • Standard £120.00

Early Bird rate applies to bookings received up to

  • 14 days before your chosen course date (online courses)
  • 21 days before your chosen course date (Face to Face courses)

How do I book?

You can book online using the form below. You can Pay online, or we can supply you with an invoice.

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