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APPG - Dyslexia and SpLD (All Party Parliamentary Group)

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs is made up MPs and Peers who want to keep up-to-date with issues affecting children, young people and adults with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia. The group is committed to understanding learning difficulties, including dyslexia, across the UK and to keeping government appraised of the situation in schools and education in general. The group, which must meet at least twice during its reporting year, looks at what statutory and non-statutory bodies are achieving in this field.

The group is chaired by Sharon Hodgson MP. The British Dyslexia Association has been the Secretariat for the APPG since 2017.

Previous topics have included current education and specialist training situation, the need for a coherent system for assessment and access arrangements and finally, research on higher education institutions’ support for students, comprehensive teacher awareness of obligations to meet the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice and reasonable adjustments in the workplace. Minutes from previous meetings can be found at the bottom of this page.

During the 2019 APPG meetings, there will be three meetings looking separately at the human, societal and educational impact of dyslexia. The first session took place in April 2019 and the findings from the meeting were published in The Human Cost of Dyslexia – the first to look exclusively at the psychological and emotional impact of dyslexia on individuals and families.

The next APPG meeting will look at the educational cost of dyslexia and will take place in Autumn 2019.

APPG meeting documents

April 2019: The human cost of dyslexia, the emotional and psychological impact of poorly supported dyslexia

19th November 2018: Reasonable Adjustments in the workplace

20th March 2018: Where are we on the journey towards comprehensive teacher awareness of their obligations to meet the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice?

29th November 2017

September 2017

June 2017

February 2017

October 2016

APPG Minutes October 2016 (docx)

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