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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. 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 and most recently, the experiences of people from diverse backgrounds with Dyslexia including their experiences in education, the workplace and wider society.
Minutes from previous meetings can be found at the bottom of this page.

During the 2019/20 APPG meetings, there have been three meetings looking separately at the human, societal and educational impact of dyslexia. The findings of the first two sessions have been published in Human Cost of Dyslexia and Educational Cost of Dyslexia.

APPG meeting documents

June 2021: APPG

March 2021: APPG

March 2021: Impact of Covid on Learning

December 2020: APPG

October 2019: AGM

October 2019: Educational cost of dyslexia - financial, standards and attainment cost to education of unidentified and poorly supported dyslexia, and a policy pathway to end the educational cost of dyslexia

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

November 2018: Reasonable adjustments in the workplace

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?

November 2017

September 2017

June 2017

February 2017

October 2016

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