The B.D.A. runs a variety of training courses and accredited Level programmes for education staff working with all ages and levels of learners, with the aim of helping them to better support students who have dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.

These courses are delivered in a number of ways, including:


Download a copy of our B.D.A. Training Brochure to find out more about the full range of training courses and accredited programmes that we offer

For those wishing to study a higher level accreditation in order to become a specialist teacher or dyslexia assessor, please visit the Professional Accreditation pages of the website, or click on "Professional Accreditation" in the navigation menu on the left of this page.

Open Training Courses

Our ever-popular open training courses provide teachers, T.A.s and other education staff with the knowledge and skills to support their dyslexic students. You can attend just one or two courses, or go on to build these into an accredited level 2 or 3 qualification.

Use the links below to find the dates and locations of our open courses. Please note that further dates will be added to these schedules throughout the year.

View our Terms and Conditions for Open Training course bookings.

Early Years

Primary Schools

Secondary Schools

Further Education

Higher Education

Onsite Training

For schools, colleges and other educational establishments we are able to offer all of our open training courses onsite at your establishment. This includes our accredited level 2 and 3 programmes. Onsite training offers great flexibility and convenience for you, as well as the opportunity to train a large number of your staff at a competitive cost.

To find out more, or to make a booking, please email or telephone 0333 405 4565.


Our eLearning site primarily has two functions:

  • as an online learning platform offering flexible study on a range of themes related to dyslexia awareness and support;
  • as an online resource base for delegates attending our open training courses, and those studying for our level 2 and level 3 accredited programmes.


We have recently launched a suite of online modules available for self-study.. To find out more, contact:

To access our eLearning site visit:

SASC Accredited Training for Specialist Assessors

Our series of one-day SASC Accredited CPD training courses are for Specialist Assessors. These courses provide 5 hours of CPD.

Psychometrical Assessment and Statistics in Context: An advanced refresher course for practitioners - September 26, 2016.

This one-day training course is for Specialist Assessors and is designed to develop competence and increase confidence in the selection and application of psychometric tests, statistical analyses, interpretation and communication of results within the constraints of the dynamic educational setting.

This advanced refresher course is aimed at Teachers who are conversant with and experienced in the application, analyses and interpretation of psychometric tests.

Examination Access Arrangements – September 30, 2016.

This one-day training course is for Specialist Assessors and SENCo’s and is designed to develop competence and increase confidence in understanding this year’s JCQ regulations, the use of screening tools for centre evidence in Section A of Form 8, and the selection and application of tests appropriate for providing ‘core evidence’ for Section C of Form 8 for JCQ examination access arrangements at GCSE and GCE levels.

This update and refresher course is aimed at Specialist Assessors - Teachers and Educational Psychologists - who hold at least a Level 7 or equivalent qualification, in line with the criteria on pages 82-3 of this year’s JCQ regulations. SENCo’s with or without this level of qualification will also find this course useful in developing expertise in completing Section A of Form 8, as well as gaining an enhanced overview of access arrangements.

These courses are based in London and cost £150 per person or £130 for B.D.A. Professional Members.

To book email:


Music Learning and Dyslexia

This 3-day course will enable delegates to develop a practical understanding of how dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties affect music learning.

For more information on Music and Dyslexia, visit the Music and Dyslexia pages of our website.

Spring and Summer School for Teachers and T.A.s 2016

B.D.A. Training is pleased to offer our non-residential Summer School programme for Teachers and T.A.s who are working with students under the age of 16 years.

Delegates can book to attend either three days training (level two) or all five days training (level three). Attendance at the workshops will be followed by the completion and submission of an assessed workbook.

Due to the popularity of our 2015 Summer School, in 2016 we will be offering a range of options as follows:

Primary Dyslexia Awareness, Support and Screening
Central London August 1 - 5, 2016
Manchester August 1 - 5, 2016

Secondary Dyslexia Awareness, Support and Screening
Central London August 1 - 5, 2016

Accredited Level 2 (three days + workbook): £640
Accredited Level 3 (five days + workbook): £1000

Dyscalculia Awareness and Support
Central London August 8 - 10, 2016

Accredited Level 2 (three days + workbook): £640

To register your interest in attending any of these programmes, or for further information, please email: