Train the Trainer: Teaching for Neurodiversity

The Train the Trainer: Teaching for Neurodiversity project was funded by the Department for Education and ran up to 31st March 2017.

It was led by the British Dyslexia Association in partnership with the Dyspraxia Foundation, Dyslexia Action, Helen Arkell, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Patoss.

The aim of the project was to provide training and quality assured information about dyslexia and other SpLD for teachers and support staff, and for dyslexic individuals and their families.

Our project partners, Dyslexia Action, Helen Arkell, and Patoss delivered a series of Train the Trainer: Teaching for Nerodiversity events at venues around England. These training sessions are now available as webinars which can be found on the Train the Trainer: Teaching for Neurodiversity Webinars page and all the resources mentioned in the webinars can be downloaded below.

Early Years and Primary Resources and Checklists

Teaching for Neurodiverity: A Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties (pdf)

Teaching for Neurodiversity: Engaging learners with SEND (powerpoint)

Sample Pupil Profile: Primary (pdf)

Checklists

These checklists are designed to be used as a first step in identifying the needs of learners who are achieving below the expected level in the classroom. Checklists are quick and easy to use and do not need to be completed by the school SENCo; however, they are most effective when completed in consultation with the learner and/or their parent/carer.

It should always be remembered that checklists are not a diagnostic tool, they should be used to find out more about a learner’s needs rather than to provide a ‘label’.

Two versions of the checklist are available. The Combined SpLD Checklist includes labels linking each set of behaviours to a particular SpLD. The Neurodiverse Checklist has these labels removed.

Both versions of the checklist are available electronically or as pdfs to be downloaded and printed.

Whichever version you choose to use, your aim should be to avoid seeing learners in terms of one particular SpLD (or label). We want to encourage teachers to be open-minded and build a unique picture of their learner's needs in which a number of SpLD may overlap i.e. in terms of neurodiversity. This technique has the potential to result in a more tailored approach to meeting your learner's needs.

It is particularly important that, once the checklist has been completed, suitable recommended actions/next steps are identified in consultation with the school SENCo and that support is put in place as quickly as possible. The SENCo will also decide whether further assessments need to take place.

Paper Versions/pdf

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist: Early Years/Foundation Stage (ages 4-6) (pdf)

Combined SpLD Checklist: Early Years/Foundation Stage (ages 4-6) (pdf)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist: Primary level (ages 6-11) (pdf)

Combined SpLD Checklist: Primary level (ages 6-11) (pdf)

Please choose the appropriate age-range tab at the bottom of checklist when using the Excel or Numbers versions.

Combined SpLD Checklist (Excel)

Combined SpLD Checklist (Numbers, Mac)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (Excel)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (Numbers, Mac)

Secondary Resources and Checklists

Teaching for Neurodiversity: A Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties: Secondary (pdf)

Teaching for Neurodiversity: Engaging learners with SEND (Powerpoint)

Sample Pupil Profile: Secondary

Checklists

Please see the Primary section above for guidance on how to use the checklists.

Paper versions/pdfs

Combined Checklist: Secondary (pdf)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist: Secondary (pdf)

Please choose the appropriate age-range tab at the bottom of checklist when using the Excel or Numbers versions.

Combined SpLD Checklist (Excel)

Combined SpLD Checklist (Numbers, Mac)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (Excel)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (Numbers, Mac)

Post 16 Resources and Checklists

Teaching for Neurodiversity: A Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties (pdf)

Teaching for Neurodiversity: Engaging learners with SEND (Powerpoint)

Sample Pupil Profile: Post 16 (pdf)

Checklists

Please see the Primary section above for guidance on how to use the checklists.

Paper versions/pdf

Combined Checklist: Post 16 (pdf)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (pdf)

Please choose the appropriate age-range tab at the bottom of checklist when using the Excel or Numbers versions.

Combined SpLD Checklist (Excel)

Combined SpLD Checklist (Numbers, (Mac)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (Excel)

Neurodiverse SpLD Checklist (Numbers, Mac)

Evaluation

Although the project evaluation will be completed at the end of March 2017, the evaluation survey will still be available on the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) website. We would encourage schools cascading their training after this date to ask staff to complete Survey 3 as part of the training process. 

The structure of Survey 3 is designed to be a useful tool to help schools and their staff to unpick changes in their thinking and practice as a result of the cascaded training and, perhaps even more importantly, to identify ‘enabling’ and ‘blocking’ influences upon the impact of the training in their school context. The goal is to facilitate change within schools to develop a more inclusive teaching and learning environment.

We would like to invite you to feed back on the results of Survey 3 as this will enable us to gauge the usefulness of the training materials and to adapt them in the future. Please email responses and queries to Lizh@bdadyslexia.org.uk

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