Initial Teacher Training

Please click below to access free materials for teacher training, developed with Department for Education funding. These materials, which include a powerpoint (of around 2 hours duration) with teaching notes, and checklists of the signs of dyslexia, have been developed by the BDA and partners under a DfE contract with the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust.

This basic dyslexia awareness training includes:

  • How to spot the dyslexic child in the classroom
  • How to teach in a dyslexia friendly way in the classroom
  • When to signpost for further possible intervention and assessment
  • Information about a DfE funded on-line Professional Development Framework for literacy and dyslexia.


Please feel free to use the powerpoint and notes, but we would like to be informed of any feedback, if possible.

All information is Crown copyright and free for teacher training providers or schools to use. It is hoped that many dyslexic children will benefit from teachers training in dyslexia awareness. All teachers are teachers of dyslexic children and young people.


ITT Powerpoint 2014 (PDF) - Download here

ITT Training Notes 2014 - Download here

ITT Evaluation Form - Download here

Checklists for Primary and Secondary School Children - Download here