When you are happy that all the evidence is in place and that all criteria have been addressed, the next stage is to book your verification visit.  The BDA will allocate you a verifier and work with you to arrange an appropriate date. 

Two weeks before the date of the verification you will be sent your verification plan. This will identify the criteria that the verifier will be sampling. The verifier will look at a selection of criteria from each of the sections and examine the evidence that relates to these criteria. 

- Verification Plan Sample (Individual Schools)

- Verification Plan Sample (Northern Ireland Schools)

Prior to the actual visit the BDA will contact you to agree an agenda for the day scheduling in the following activities:  

Review of paper-based evidence - relating to the criteria being sampled.

Observation of Teaching Practice and the Learning Environment - Observations can be flexible to suit the normal school day and usually last between 20 - 30 minutes. Verifiers will usually try to observe at least 2 sessions (depending on the size of the school) that reflect the make-up of the school in terms of age, subject, etc.

- Interview with key staff - including, head teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, class/subject teachers.

Interview with a group of dyslexic pupils.

- Meet with parents - to discuss their perspective.

Meet with school governors - ideally the chair and those with responsibility for SpLD.

Verification Outcome 

Where a school has successfully achieved the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark, written confirmation will be sent from the BDA along with a certificate of recognition and an electronic copy of the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark logo that can be used on the school’s letter head, web site and publicity materials, etc. 

The school may hold the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark for 3 years. 

All schools that hold the Quality Mark award must undergo re-verification after three years, and the BDA will be in contact to arrange a re-verification visit which will focus on the development of the school’s systems and processes against the standards since the last verification visit. 

Additional Information Documents

Individual Schools

Northern Ireland Schools