This introductory module aims to provide teachers and local authority staff with an awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact and how it can be supported within an inclusive school community. It may also be of interest if you work in the voluntary sector or simply have an interest in dyslexia and inclusive practice.
As a classroom teacher you do not have to know everything about dyslexia; however you do need to know where to go for information, guidance and support. Each section of the module uses the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards framework [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] and provides opportunities to reflect on your own practice. This in turn will help support and direct your future professional development needs. Studying the module and logging your reflections can contribute towards your folio of evidence for the General Teaching Council for Scotland Professional update.
The Scottish Government working with partners have supported the development of free professional learning resources, some of which are highlighted below. These resources aim to provide teachers and local authority staff with an awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact and how it can be supported within an inclusive school community.
- The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit – An online resource developed and funded by the Scottish Government. The toolkit is managed by Dyslexia Scotland to support teachers and provide information on dyslexia and literacy difficulties.
- Education Scotland − Route Map for Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice – To support deeper learning and understanding of dyslexia using the GTCS areas for career long professional learning (CLPL) and the four broad elements identified by Education Scotland. This route map supports teachers in reflective practice, inclusive practice and professional learning.
- This Introductory short online module in partnership with The Open University in Scotland, which follows the same structure as the route map above.