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.
Following on from our September APPG: Phonics – and what does the evidence tell us?
The focus for the remainder of 2021 is to ask the Government to revise their guidance on teaching reading which was published in the Reading Framework in July 2021. This guidance promotes the use of Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) as the sole method for teaching reading. We believe that this does not meet the needs of all students, especially those with dyslexia. We have published a short set of questions and answers to help explain why.
Read the Q&A's to find out more
Help us make a change. We need 10,000 signatures for a response from the Government. Please help us achieve this by signing the petition.
APPG meeting documents
September 2021 APPG: Phonics – and what does the evidence tell us?
- Introduction and speaker biographies
- Presentation by Professor Usha Goswami
- Presentation by Dr Sharon McMurray
- Presentation by Professor John Stein
June 2021: APPG
- Impact of Covid on the Dyslexic Community
- APPG minutes: 10 June 2021
- BDA Adult Survery
- BDA Parent Survery
- Presentation: Dr Mark Turner NTP
March 2021: APPG
March 2021: Impact of Covid on Learning
- Speaker Bio's
- Presentation by Doctor Helen Ross
- Presentation: Remote Instruction of Literacy and Language
- Presentation: Remote Diagnostic Assessment
- Presentation: Driver Youth Trust
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
- APPG Minutes 19 November 2018
- APPG AGM Minutes 19 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 20 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 29 November 2017
- APPG Minutes 29 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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