Resources for teachers

See dyslexia differently

This animation seeks to preempt misconceptions among young audiences by shedding light on the real challenges dyslexic children face whilst also acknowledging their strengths and potential.

It was created for a primary school-aged audience, but we hope it speaks to all ages.

We have created a primary teaching resource pack to use with the animation (click on the image to download) and watch out for a special schools' edition of the animation, with an introduction from a familiar TV personality, coming soon: 

see dyslexia differently teacher resource image

Teaching for Neurodiversity

We have created teacher training packages to help all teachers and teaching staff to identify and support students who have specific learning differences.

The core resources are:

Understanding Neurodiversity: A Guide to SpLD (2nd edition) (pdf)

and Neurodiversity Profilers/Checklists:

These profilers 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. They 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.

They are not a diagnostic tool, they should be used to find out more about a learner's needs rather than to provide a 'label'.

Teaching for Neurodiversity: Train the Trainer

This package covers core skills for all teaching staff.

The resources have been developed to train individual members of staff in identifying and supporting learners with SpLD. As a package it also enables a member of staff to cascade training to colleagues in the educational setting.

The training involves:
1) Seeing the whole picture: recognising strengths as well as challenges.
2) Understanding neurodiversity and using a Combined SpLD Checklist to help inform the teacher's observations of pupils' needs.
3) Classroom support strategies to meet the needs of ALL pupils.

All webinars and supporting materials can be found on the Train the Trainer project pages.

Dyslexia Teaching Points videos

You will find a host of short videos on the BDA YouTube channel . These cover topics such as teaching spelling techniques, how to create a dyslexia-friendly school and dyslexia-friendly handouts and resources. These videos aim to provide an insight into teaching methods that have been shown consistently to be effective when working with dyslexic learners across the age ranges in education.

Jo Crawford BDA Youth Ambassador YouTube videos

Dyslexia Friendly Style Guide

See our Dyslexia Friendly Style Guide.

Key documents

More information about Disabled Students' Allowance. See The Student Finance England (SFE) Extra help - Disabled Students' Allowances 2017/2018

Guidance on changes to legislation relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). View the Department of Education's Transition to the new 0 to 25 special educational needs and disability system publication.

Dyslexia Friendly Schools

For information on Dyslexia Friendly Schools, please see our Dyslexia Friendly Schools pack for England and the ICT Supplement to the Dyslexia Friendly Schools pack.

There are two versions of the Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide:

Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide - abridged version is a free download, or the complete guide is available to buy from our shop. Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide - full version.

Books on Dyslexia

The BDA Online Shop offers a wide range of books on dyslexia, those recommended for teachers specifically are:

Dyslexia in Education: A Guide for Teachers and TAs (BDA)

Dyslexia: Early Identification (BDA)

MESH

MESH - The Mapping Educational Specialist Knowhow Initiative- provides a series of guides, developed by educators, teachers and academics to support teachers in accessing current research via research summaries.

See the MESH guide to dyslexia 

Resources for parents

We have information on a number of useful resources for parents, these can be found in the Resources for Parents section on our site.