Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy£POA
About this course
Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy
Level 7 Diploma in dyslexia accredited by Gateway Qualifications this 1 year nationally accredited qualification is suitable for experienced specialist teachers with a Level 5 qualification in Dyslexia/ Specific Learning Differences who wish to develop their skills & become a specialist assessor.
Who is the Level 7 Dyslexia course for?
Candidates will be experienced specialist teachers with a Level 5 qualification in Dyslexia/ Specific Learning Differences. Candidates may be working as:
- SENCOs/ Inclusion Managers
- Learning Support tutors
- Specialist teachers
- Speech and language therapists
- Other professionals working within an educational setting.
Candidates who do not hold a Level 5 qualifications in supporting learners with SpLD may wish to contact Dyslexia Understood who are offering this course.
Tutors on the Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy are qualified and highly experienced with current knowledge of working within primary, secondary, further and higher education and/ or with adults in the workplace.
We also believe that it is also important for our students to meet regularly with others who are working in a range of different settings and learn from working collaboratively with each other. Our course offers monthly taught sessions which will include lectures, workshops, guest speakers, tutorials, discussion groups, directed study, research and practical, hands-on sessions working with resources and assessment materials.
When you train with Dyslexia Herts you will benefit from caring tutors who will be able to guide and support you through the course. Tutorials will be available face to face or online and you will also have access to online resources and a discussion forum.
What will I learn?
This course will equip you with the underpinning theoretical knowledge and practical skills you will need to become a specialist assessor and to broaden your knowledge of working with learners with dyslexia and associated specific learning differences.
The course will teach you to administer standardised tests and write diagnostic assessment reports for specific learning differences, which make recommendations to move learning forward , inform specialist teaching programmes and advise on access arrangements in examinations.
You will complete one teaching practice and be observed and supported by tutors as you teach learners with more complex profiles.
What opportunities are there to progress after this course?
Candidates may be able to progress to job roles that require the ability to:
- Carry out diagnostic assessments for Specific Learning differences and write assessment reports on learners’ educational needs to inform local authorities, other professionals, learners and parents/carers.
- Carry out assessments and write reports advising on schools, colleges, local authorities and awarding bodies.
- Take an advisory role with regard to school/college policies for both inclusion and effective teaching of learners with Specific learning differences.
Candidates will also be able to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).
The course runs over three terms and is a blend of live webinars and attendance days over the year and tutorial support (both face to face and online). We also have a Moodle site (Virtual Learning Environment) where you can access course handouts and resources and submit work.
Our next start date will be October 2020
Attendance days are held on Saturday from 9.30- 5.00
Dyslexia Herts, Audley House, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1EH
Depending on course numbers your sessions may be held at another location in the Berkhamsted or Tring area.
Candidate may be funded by their school/college, local authority or self-fund. We are able to offer payment in instalments.
To find out more please contact us by email
To apply please complete our course application form. We will get in touch to arrange to meet you.
- Introduction to diagnostic assessment – preparing to assess
- Explore the principles of psychometric testing
- Begin background reading for extended essay on key theoretical concepts relating to your chosen specialist area
- Research assessment materials, read test manuals, practise tests and gain information from wider reading on psychometric testing
- Practise administering & scoring tests and writing up findings
- Case studies and discussion of different SpLD profiles
- Develop report-writing skills
- Explore co-occurring difficulties and complex SpLD profiles
- Gain confidence in report-writing through group tasks and activities
- Develop an understanding of recommendations for learners across different stages of education or individuals in the workplace
- Find out more about resources that are available to support learning, including assistive technology
- Plan, assess and write 2 formal diagnostic assessment reports
- Write a review on psychometric testing
- Prepare to teach
- Plan & deliver teaching programme
- Focus on access arrangements
- Plan, assess and write 1 formal diagnostic assessment report
- Submit extended essay & deliver a presentation on your chosen specialist area
- Completion of portfolio with tutorial support
Dyslexia Assessing & Reporting. The PATOSS Guide
Anwen Jones & Katherine Kindersley, Hodder Education
The Psychology of Dyslexia, ‘A Handbook for teachers’
Michael Thomson, Wiley Blackwell
Assessment of Learners with Dyslexic-Type Difficulties
Sylvia Phillips, Kathleen Kelly, Liz Symes, Sage
Educational Testing A Competence -Based Approach
James Boyle & Stephen Fisher, PBS Blackwell
Dyslexia: Assessing the Need for Access Arrangements During Examinations 5th Edition
Lia Border, PATOSS
Special Needs Assessment Handbook for Specific Learning Difficulties
Charles Weedon, Hodder Education
The Dyslexia Assessment
Gavin Reid & Jenny Guise, Bloomsbury
Local PATOSS Groups
Dyslexia SpLD Trust
The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC)
British Dyslexia Association
Tutors on the Level 7 course are qualified and highly experienced with current knowledge of working within primary, secondary, further and higher education and/ or with adults in the workplace.
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