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All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties

APPG Meeting Archive

March 2024 APPG: Intersections of Dyslexia: Ethnicity and Cultural Perspectives

Background reading:
Intersectionality in SEND (Special Needs Jungle Ltd)


Marcia Brissett-Bailey

Frances Akinde

Archived sessions (2016 - 2023)

September 2023 APPG: Reforming assessment in Secondary Education: How can we provide a fair and relevant evaluation of the knowledge and skills of all learners?

Background reading:

Rethink assessment in education: The case for change (Bill Lucas)
Beyond the baccalaureate: Learning from across the world (Bill Lucas)


Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester

Cath Lowther, Parliamentary Vice-Chair of the Special Educational Consortium and General Secretary of the Association of Educational Psychologists

May 2023 APPG: Perspectives on Early Screening


Impact (and utility) of a 'universal screener - what would be welcome, what causes concern
Lynn Greenwold OBE, Chair of SASC, the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee.

Developments in SpLD Assessment: practical consideration and concerns
Caroline Holden, Assessment Issues Coordinator and acting Vice-Chair of SASC.

Screening and Dyslexia
Professor Rod Nicolson and Professor Angela Fawcett.

SpLD Test Evaluation Committee (STEC)
Rachel Simpson, Chair of STEC, SASC’s SpLD Test Evaluation Committee.

Response from Schools in Wiltshire to proposals for a Universal Screener at Key Stage One
Alison Szalay - Specialist Advisory Teacher, Wiltshire Council SEN Service.

February 2023 APPG: The importance of Early Intervention and Screening and how it can empower our teachers and the children they teach.

December 2022 APPG: Adults, including the Justice System


The effects of childhood trauma
Dr Kiran Nijabat (MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych) - Director, Family Wellness Practice

Time to do different
David Breakspear - Revolving Doors' Lived Experience Team

A snapshot of reading in prisons, and the importance of preventative strategies
Donna Stevenson - Head of Training & Assessment, Succeed With Dyslexia

Calls for help from adults
Kath Lambert - BDA Helpline Manager

June 2022 APPG: Schools' White Paper and SEND Green Paper - what changes can we expect?

March 2022 APPG: Dyscalculia

September 2021 APPG: Phonics – and what does the evidence tell us?

Following on from this session. 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

Please note this petition is now closed.

June 2021: APPG

March 2021: APPG

March 2021: Impact of Covid on Learning

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

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?

November 2017

September 2017

June 2017

February 2017

October 2016

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