Individual Merit (IM)

Individual Merit Procedure for ATS/APS, AMBDA and ATS FE/HE, AMBDA FE/HE

The BDA Accreditation Board is made up of qualified teacher-trainers and assessors from various institutions and others with a specialist knowledge of Dyslexia. Board members do not work directly for the BDA. Applications for Individual Merit are sent out to members of the Board on receipt of application and both Stage 1, ATS/APS and Stage 2 AMBDA are treated as separate applications and attract two separate fees. In all cases the final decision will rest with the Accreditation Board.

The Individual Merit route is for those who have not completed a BDA accredited course either at 'school' level (i.e. learners aged 18 or under at the end of the current academic year) or FE/HE level (i.e. learners aged 16 or over at the end of the current academic year), but have relevant experience; or who have completed a BDA accredited course, or equivalent, more than 3 years ago. The overlap between the two routes is to accommodate those whose professional experience is in e.g. sixth form colleges or other forms of non-statutory 'continuing' education with learners over 16 years of age. 

These notes are intended as a guide to applying for ATS/APS and AMBDA by Individual Merit. They should be read in conjunction with the relevant Individual Merit Criteria and Evidence Document relevant to the phase of education (ATS/APS/AMBDA or ATS FE/HE/AMBDA FE/HE) which sets out the areas of knowledge, skills and understanding that you would have achieved had you successfully completed a BDA Accredited course.  To be successful in your application you must provide evidence of how you believe that you have done this by virtue of your personal study, attendance at professional development activities and professional experience.  This evidence must be at a minimum of FEHQ Level 5 for ATS/APS and FEHQ Level 7 for AMBDA.

Before making any application, you must be sure that you are confident that you meet the BDA ATS/APS/AMBDA criteria in full as fees are not returnable and, if a resubmission is required, another fee is payable.

There is a Glossary of Terms used in BDA documentation.

Stage 1 Approved Teacher/Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) Individual Merit and Approved Tutor Status (ATS FE/HE) Individual Merit

To apply for ATS/APS, ATS FE/HE  by Individual Merit you will need to submit the following: 

  1. A completed and signed BDA ATS/APS IM or ATS FE/HE IM Candidate form.
  2. A completed Criteria and Evidence Document for ATS/APS or ATS FE/HE up to the end of Stage 1. Showing evidence at a minimum of FEHQ Level 5. This will enable you to map your training and experience on to the ATS/APS or ATS FE/HE criteria to demonstrate how you believe you meet them. It is important that you draw attention to relevant, contemporary professional development activities (CPD) and experience of both mainstream and specialist teaching. 
  3. A concise, up to date CV clearly showing relevant SpLD/dyslexia training including dates of any courses attended, validating institution(s) and how those courses were assessed. You should attach documentary evidence of such training if available. This should also detail your professional educational experience to date demonstrating at least two years of mainstream classroom experience, your experience as a specialist teacher and your present roles and responsibilities.This should be no more than 2 sides of typed A4 sheets.
  4. Two letters of support, on headed paper with original signatures, from appropriately qualified individuals who have knowledge of your experience and qualifications. At least one of these individuals must have a good knowledge of SpLD/Dyslexia and, preferably, themselves hold AMBDA or an equivalent SpLD qualification.  If one is from a parent/carer they should indicate the nature of your activities with their child.
  5. The required DVD/USB recording of one hour of your specialist teaching produced using the BDA guidelines for recording and the required accompanying documentation.

Please note that we are unable to return any of the submitted materials other than the DVD/USB recording, should the parent/carer require it.

The Stage 1 fee for ATS/APS, ATS FE/HE IM is £150.00.  This covers the administration and reviewing time by the Scrutiny Team and the Accreditation Board and must be included with the application.

Stage 2 Associate Member of the BDA by Individual Merit (AMBDA) IM and Associate Membership of the BDA (Further and Higher Education) by Individual Merit AMBDA (FE/HE) IM

Once you are successful in your Stage 1 application or already hold ATS/APS, ATS FE/HE or have successfully completed a course accredited by the BDA for ATS/APS, ATS/ FE/HE within the past three years, you may proceed to Stage 2.

Before making any application, you must be sure that you are confident that you meet the BDA AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE criteria in full, as fees are not returnable and, if a resubmission is required, another fee will be payable.

To apply for AMBDA, AMBDA FE/HE by Individual Meriti you should now submit the following:

  1. A completed and signed BDA AMBDA IM or AMBDA FE/HE IM Candidate form
  2. The completed Stage 2 part of the Criteria and Evidence document for AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE with evidence at a minimum of FEHQ Level 7. This will enable you to map your training and experience on to the AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE criteria to demonstrate how you believe you meet them. It is important that you draw attention to relevant, contemporary CPD and experience of both mainstream and specialist teaching.
  3. The required DVD/USB recording of one hour of your diagnostic assessments of an appropriate learner showing your use of a range of assessment devices produced using the BDA guidelines for recording and the required accompanying documentation.
  4. An anonymised report resulting from those assessments produced to the SASC criteria for renewal of an APC.

Please note that we are unable to return any of the submitted materials other thatn the DVD/USB recording should the parent/carer require it.

The Stage 2 fee for AMBDA and AMBDA FE/HE IM is £240 this covers the administration and reviewing time by the Scrutiny Team and the Accreditation Board and must be included with the application.

Submission to the BDA

We strongly recommend that you make a copy of all documents and digital material before posting and:

  • use  'Signed For' delivery
  • send all the documents and recordings together in the same package
  • email/send passwords for encrypted material separately by a different, secure means.

Please note: As this is a two stage procedure and requires scrutiny of both documentary and digital evidence it is in the interests of applicants that decisions cannot be arrived at quickly.  However, if there is a need for an urgent response you should make the reasons clear in a covering letter.  Whilst no guarantees can be given and without prejudice, the BDA will always do its best to accommodate such requests.

Payment

All payment options are on the candidate form. Cheques are made payable to the British Dyslexia Association; a credit/debit card form is attached to the candidate form. We can invoice a school/employer (not individuals) if the invoice form is completed and sent with the application.

Contact Us

Accreditation, British Dyslexia Association, 6a Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, RG12 7BW

E: accreditation@bdadyslexia.org.uk