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. To frame the other sessions, the first session, which will take place on Wednesday 24th April 2019, will look at the impact on individuals and their families, the human impact, of going through education and life with dyslexia.

Our speakers will include:

Pennie Aston, GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling: Expert view on the psychological effect of growing up with dyslexia and the impact this can have on mental wellbeing  

John Hicks and Helen Ross: How dyslexia impacts on families and ways to improve outcomes

Jo Crawford, MA student, Exeter University and British Dyslexia Association Ambassador: Her personal story of growing up with dyslexia and navigating the education system

For more information on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs please contact


Previous Minutes & Agendas

19th November 2018

AGM Minutes / APPG Minutes

APPG Presentations:

Inspector Peter Phillips, Hampshire Police - Dyslexia in Policing 

Margaret Malpas MBE - How to release talent from your ND workforce

Debbie Bradford - Department for Work and Pensions - update on Access to Work 

Ian Milton – Department for Work and Pensions

Clare Hussey – HMRC setting up a support network for employees 

20th March 2018​

APPG Minutes / APPG Agenda

APPG Presentations:

Liz Horobin, BDA - Achievements from a Two-Year Project

Dr Yota Dimitriadi, University of Reading - Newly Qualified Teachers' Readiness to Teach SEND

Mike Johnson, BDA - Dyslexic Type Difficulties to Teach SEND

Joanna Israel, Department for Education - The Government's Proposal to Introduce English Hubs

29th November 2017

APPG Minutes / APPG Agenda

APPG Presentations:

Dan Baynes, Driver Youth Trust - Primary Assessment and Specialist Support Concerns

Sue Flohr, British Dyslexia Association - The need for a coherent system for assessment and access arrangements

Dr Abi James, Chair of the British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee and Researcher at the University of Southampton - The research on higher education institutions’ inconsistent support for students


APPG / AGM Minutes - September 2017

Proposed APPG Agenda - June 2017 This meeting did not take place due to the General Election.

APPG Minutes - February 2017

APPG Minutes - October 2016

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