Helen Arkell Centre to offer Government funded National Dyslexia-SpLD Specialist Teacher Training

In response to the recommendations of Sir Jim Rose’s report entitled Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties, the Department for Children, School and Families has committed to funding the course fees of 4,000 teachers, in England, wishing to study towards an ATS or AMBDA level qualification which has been accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Funding will also be considered for those already in possession of an ATS qualification who wish to enhance this to AMBDA level. The British Dyslexia Association is keen to encourage the take up of this opportunity to train additional specialist teachers.

The aim of funding these additional training places is to build capacity within the school system to improve access to specialist and high quality support for children and young people with dyslexia. Access to this type of specialist support can be significantly improved by encouraging schools and Local Authorities (LAs) to work in partnership and to pool their resources.

Head Teachers are being encouraged to look at existing cluster arrangements and to be proactive in thinking about how they might deploy the expertise of a specialist teacher across a number of schools in their area. For this reason, priority will be given to those nominated teachers who can demonstrate that upon completing training they will be willing to work across a cluster of schools to share their knowledge and skills.

This process is being managed by The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust*. For funding criteria please see attached pdf. The eligibility criteria and the procedure for registering interest using the form on the The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust website -

A set of frequently asked questions will be published on this website but if you still have a query you would like to raise with the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, please e-mail the following

*The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust is a consortium of organisations, including the BDA, Dyslexia Action, Helen Arkell and PATOSS, among others involved in promoting improved practice and outcomes for individuals with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.



DCSF Funding Criteria for National Dyslexia-SpLD Specialist Teacher Training