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The Rose Review

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has welcomed the final report from Sir Jim Rose’s review on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia.

The Rose Review has made the following conclusions and recommendations:

  • Training 4000 specialist teachers in dyslexia over the next two years;
  • Boosting early identification (eg. from Year 1) and effective intervention for pupils with dyslexic difficulties;
  • Making provisions for dyslexia awareness training for existing teachers;
  • Putting more special educational needs training into initial teacher training courses;
  • Acknowledging the need for specialist teachers and 1:1 interventions for severely dyslexic pupils;
  • School should build a positive dialogue with parents and provide relevant information for them;
  • Schools should provide support for children with dyslexia at transfer to secondary school;
  • Continuing Helpline advice for parents and teachers.

Judi Stewart, BDA Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sir Jim Rose has listened to and acted upon the views of the British Dyslexia Association and other key dyslexia organisations and that the Department for Children, School and Families have accepted these recommendations. His suggestions are a real foundation for change and progress; and will improve the education of many children with dyslexia throughout the country.”

Read the full press release here.

DCSF Funding Criteria for National Dyslexia-SpLD Specialist Teacher Training

On 22 June 2009 Sir Jim Rose published a report entitled Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Diffi culties, which included a recommendation that the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DSCF) should fund a number of teachers to undertake appropriately, accredited specialist training in teaching children with dyslexia.

The DCSF have endorsed all the recommendations in Sir Jim’s report and made available around £10m over this financial year and next to support their implementation and other dyslexia projects. The majority of this money is committed to funding the course-fees of 4,000 teachers, in England, wishing to study towards an ATS or AMBDA level qualification, which has been accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Funding will also be considered for those already in possession of an ATS qualification who wish to enhance this to AMBDA level.

What is the criteria for funding?

The eligibility criteria for funded places is set out below.

All applicants must hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and have completed their induction year;


be working in schools in England and have the full endorsement of the Head Teacher of their school, confirming their professional and personal suitability, their commitment to successfully complete the training and their ability to deploy their skills/knowledge post-training;


be working in England for a Local Authority Support Service, the Voluntary sector or living in England if between posts and have the full endorsement of their Line Manager/Senior LA Officer OR a suitably qualified Head Teacher confirming their suitability as set out above.

How do you apply?

If you meet these criteria, please register your interest using the form on the the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust website.

Click here for full details on the funding.

A set of frequently asked questions will be published on this website but if you still have a query you would like to raise with the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, please e-mail the Trust at: