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Dyslexia and SpLD Initial Teacher Training ITT

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In the recently published Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training, one of the key points in Recommendation 1 is that: 

‘Special educational needs and disabilities should be included in a framework for ITT content.’

In the Annex to the Review which sets out the beginnings of a framework for ITT content, it states:

‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – ITT should prepare all new teachers to support SEND in their classrooms, providing a solid grounding in the most pertinent issues and setting an expectation for on-going high quality professional development.’

At Helen Arkell, we have been providing exactly this training and expertise for many years in the form of long and short courses, in-services, lectures, usually aimed at trainee specialist teachers and qualified teachers.

We believe passionately that ALL teachers from initial teacher training onwards should have the knowledge, tools and expertise to make them proficient in working with and supporting all learners, and especially those with learning difficulties of whatever type.  

We can offer short sessions or modules covering both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching learners with dyslexia and other learning difficulties which will greatly enhance your offering to prospective trainee teachers.

We feel this could easily be incorporated into your existing programmes and add a much-needed dimension to the work you are currently carrying out as a training school.

For further information and/or an informal discussion, please get in touch with:

Katherine Plowden-Roberts
Senior Course Tutor and Assessor


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