CONFERENCE: Good Practice in Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

CONFERENCE: Good Practice in Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Venue: London – Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, W8 5SY

This one day conference will explore good practice in both of these high incidence learning differences. Exploring issues around assessment, good teaching practice, and teaching those who speak English as an additional language, this conference is aimed at teachers and teaching assistants, aswell as those with a general interest in the area.

The conference will cover good practice across the age ranges, and we therefore welcome colleagues from primary through to further education.

There will be chances through the day to ask lots of questions too!

  • The conference is formal CPD and a certificate will be provided on the day.
  • Lunch is included in the ticket price and this conference also gives lots of opportunities to network and ask lots of questions!
  • We will provide a set of speaker notes for each delegate.


Please click here to view the timetable for this conference.

Our presentations will explore:

  • Dyslexia Good Teaching Practice – Neil Mackay

This talk will explore what is good dyslexia friendly teaching practice, making reference to the latest thinking in the field. Neil Mackay is  a freelance consultant and trainer who created  the concept of Dyslexia Friendly Schools He is an  experienced teacher who has taught for 26 years,  working with children with a wide range of ages,  needs and ability.  He is known for his ability to bring the classroom  into his training and for providing lively,  entertaining and thought provoking opportunities  for teachers and teaching assistants to reflect on and develop their practice.

  • Good Practice for the Specialist Assessor – Katrina Cochrane

This session will explore some of the current issues and updated guidance for those carrying out diagnostic assessments either with AMBDA and / or APC. It will be an opportunity for delegates to think about their current practice and any gaps in knowledge and CPD. Katrina Cochrane qualified as a specialist teacher and assessor in 1999 and has worked for both Dyslexia Action and the British Dyslexia Association,  before setting up Positive Dyslexia Ltd in 2016. She is currently on the BDA Accreditation Board and the Standards of Assessment in SpLD Committee ( SASC) and has just renewed her APC for the third time.

  • Good Practice in EAL/ EFL and Dyslexia Teaching – Dr Anne Margaret Smith

This session will explore good teaching practice for those with English as an additional language who also have neurodiverse learning differences.  The session will also make reference to the latest thinking in the fieldDr Anne Margaret Smith started her teaching career in Kenya and has since worked in Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and the UK, in private schools, primary schools, colleges, universities, people's front rooms and all kinds of work places.  She set up ELT well in 2005 in order to bridge the gap between the two fields of education that she is passionate about: English Language Teaching and support for learners with SpLDs (such as dyslexia). For teachers, ELT well offer training and education, and resources for inclusive language teaching. ELT well is also a research active organisation, as the team believe that good teaching practice is based on research, and that teachers and researchers should work together as much as possible.

  • Assessing Dyscalculia – Peter Jarrett

This session will present the latest thinking in identifying Dyscalculia and the latest assessment tools available.

About our presenter Pete Jarrett - Pete is the Chair of BDA’s Dyscalculia and Maths Difficulties Committee.  He is also the managing director of Tutorum Learning and Assessment, and an AMBDA qualified teacher and assessor specialising in maths learning difficulties and dyscalculia. Pete also lectures on dyslexia and maths learning difficulties on masters and undergraduate programmes at Bath Spa University. He is on the editorial board of Equals Online, the Mathematics Association journal for Maths and SEND. Tutorum offers consultancy, CPD, assessment, and tutoring services to schools and colleges. The main focus is around maths learning and improving outcomes for all learners.

  • Good Teaching Practice in Dyscalculia – Judy Hornigold

This session will cover what strategies work for learners with dyscalculia detailing appropriate concrete manipulatives and how to use them effectively, including use of ten frames , two coloured counters and bar modelling.

About Judy Hornigold - Judy is an independent education consultant specialising in dyslexia and dyscalculia and also an Associate Tutor for the BDA and Edge Hill University. She is also a trainer for Maths No Problem training teachers in Singapore Maths. Her previous role was as a senior teacher for Dyslexia Action where she gained a great deal of experience in teaching dyslexic children and adults.


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