APPG - Dyslexia and SpLD (All Party Parliamentary Group)
Please be aware that during the general election period, the APPG for Dyslexia and other SpLDs does not operate, as APPGs does not exist while Parliament is dissolved, and the British Dyslexia Association cannot perform the duties of Secretariat to the APPG for Dyslexia and other SpLDs. Any enquiries made during the election period will not be responded to until after the general election.
If you have any policy enquiries not directly related to the APPG for Dyslexia and other SpLDs, you can still direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2019/20 APPG meetings, there will be 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.
The next APPG meeting will look at the societal cost of dyslexia and will take place in early 2020.
APPG meeting documents
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
- APPG Minutes 19th November 2018
- APPG AGM Minutes 19th November 2018
- How to release talent from your neurodiverse workforce
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?
- APPG Agenda 20th March 2018
- Achievements from a Two-Year Project, Liz Horobin, BDA
- Newly Qualified Teachers' Readiness to Teach SEND, Dr. Yota Dimitriadi, University of Reading
- Dyslexic Type Difficulties in Mainstream Schools, Mike Johnson, BDA
- The Government's Proposal to Introduce English Hubs, Joanna Israel, Department for Education
- APPG Agenda 29th November 2017
- APPG Minutes 29th November 2017
- Primary Assessment and Specialist Support Concerns, Dan Baynes, Driver Youth Trust
- The Need for a Coherent System for Assessment and Access Arrangements, Sue Flohr, BDA
- Update on Support for Students with SpLD in Higher Education, Dr Abi James, BDA Technologies Committee and Researcher at University of Southampton
- Proposed APPG Agenda June 2017 (This meeting did not take place due to the general election)
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