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MU Teachers' CPD Weekend - October 24 and 25 in Cardiff - July 16, 2014

The Musicians' Union is hosting the MU Teachers’ CPD weekend (formerly known as the MU Teachers’ Conference) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The event will run over two days with valuable debate, workshops and networking for MU members who teach. The cost of attending the conference is £80 per delegate, which includes accommodation and meals from Friday lunchtime until Saturday afternoon. The event will take place on October 24-25. The closing date for application forms is July 31, 2014. To book, click this link .


Update on Disabled Students' Allowances - July 03, 2014

Matthew Hilton, Director of Higher Education at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, published a letter on Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)on June 25, 2014. The British Dyslexia Association welcomes this important clarification on DSA for dyslexic students. To read the full letter, click this link .


Draft special educational needs and disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years is laid before Parliament - June 18, 2014

The special educational needs and disability Code of Practice, which provides guidance to local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, early years providers, schools and colleges on carrying out their duties under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, was laid before Parliament on June 11. Parliament must approve the code to enable it to come into force. For more information about the special educational needs and disability reforms, please follow this link to the Council for Disabled Children's website.


DfE confirms new fund for local authorities to implement the SEND reforms - June 18, 2014

On June 10, Ann Gross, Director of Special Needs and Children’s Services Strategy, Department of Education, wrote a letter to all Local Authories in England in which she confirmed there will be a new fund available to them called the "Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Implementation Grant". The purpose of the grant is to support Local Authorities in the implementation of the recent SEND Reforms. To read the full letter, please follow this link .


Professor Steve Chinn to hold lecture at University of Derby - June 10, 2014

Professor Steve Chinn, Chair of the B.D.A. Dyscalculia Committee and member of the B.D.A. Academic Committee for the International Conference, will be giving a lecture on July 1, 2014, at the University of Derby, Heap Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘"Teaching mathematics as it is to the learner as he is: a view from the perspective of the outliers". In the lecture, Steve will present his findings from a study into the outliers; the learners who find maths difficult. He'll reveal some of the barriers that block teaching efficiency and the factors which interrupt their learning, with a view to enhance pragmatic teaching. The lecture runs from 7pm to 9pm and is free to attend. A question and answer session will take place after the presentation, with drinks and nibbles available as well. For more information or to book your place on this event, please follow this link .


New report released from Education Scotland - June 2nd 2014

On May 12, Education Scotland released a report entitled Making Sense: Education for Children and Young People with Dyslexia in Scotland. To read the full report, click here..


BDA calls for members to support students with SpLD in Higher Education - May 13th 2014

On the 7th April the Rt Hon David Willetts announced that the Disabled Students Allowance would be reviewed, please follow this link to view the original statement

The BDA have been consulted by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills regarding the future of the Disabled Students' Allowances and the equality impact assessment that any changes may have.

A letter has been sent to our membership raising awareness of the current situation and asks them to consider how any changes may impact upon them or family members and to contact their MP to seek clarification, should they wish to.

For a suggested template letter that you can download and edit, please click this hyperlink. However please feel free to write your own letter on this issue as MP's often respond better to these.


Dyslexia Lobby unites behind dyslexia diagnosis - April 29th 2014

The BDA have joined with our colleagues within the Dyslexia SpLD Trust to support the reasons that Trust chairman Sir Jim Rose and Dyslexia Action’s Director of Education and Policy Dr John Rack give for ensuring ‘dyslexia’ stays. read more...

To read the full open letter containing more information please follow this link


Latest draft of the SEN and Disability Code of Practice released - April 24th 2014.

The British Dyslexia Association will be responding as part of The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust to the Government’s Consultation on the Draft Code of Practice. Follow this link to see the suggested revisions.


Press Release: Dyslexia in the workplace - April 11th 2014

It is not uncommon for people in the workplace with dyslexic difficulties to require specific training and support for organisational and administrative skills.

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BDA response to Ministerial Statement: HE Student Support - April 10th 2014

The BDA would like to draw attention to the continuing requirement for students with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties to receive a comprehensive level of support, based on their needs.

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BDA response to THE article 'Is it time to rethink dyslexia?' - March 7th 2014

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A Statement from the 'Enabling in the Workplace' Science and Practice Group of Occupational Psychologists, regarding the 'Dyslexia Debate' - February 28th 2014

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BDA press release response to the 'Dyslexia Debate' - February 25th 2014

The British Dyslexia Association refutes any suggestion that the definition of dyslexia is misleading and irrelevant. read more...


The British Dyslexia Association calls on public to support teacher training campaign

Currently it is not compulsory for all teachers to receive training in specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. This means that thousands of young people are not identified during their school life and consequently are unable to reach their full potential. This has an impact on all aspects of their lives but also has a great impact on the society as a whole. If you are interested in this or any of our other campaigns, please sign up for our newsletter here. For the full press release, click here.


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