5.1 Supporting Professional Learning

A range of professional activities contribute towards professional learning, for example:

  • Professional reading and enquiry
  • Meetings with colleagues
  • Attending events
  • Online courses
  • Short courses
  • Extended courses and award-bearing courses

This section provides some sources of information which can support your professional learning, reflection and self-evaluation in relation to dyslexia and inclusive practice. Further information is available in this section of the Route Map for Dyslexia and Inclusive Practic [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] e .

The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit

The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit is a free online resource designed for teachers and local authority staff to provide information and guidance on supporting learners with dyslexia. The various sections can support staff to examine their own knowledge and understanding of dyslexia and to use the information to improve their practice and develop appropriate identification pathways and support approaches.

Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia Scotland is a national charity that aims to enable people with dyslexia to reach their potential in education, employment and life. It exists to support people with dyslexia as well as those who support them. Educators can make use of Dyslexia Scotland’s services, including: their Helpline, publications, membership, Branch events across Scotland, Education conference and other events, dyslexia awareness training and advice.

CALL Scotland

CALL provides information and advice on technological aids for communication and learning to professionals, carers and disabled people themselves. They support children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning.

Below are some of the CALL websites which will provide you with very helpful information to support your own professional practice and understanding of how to provide an accessible curriculum for your pupils.

Books for All

Digital Exams

Free digital voices

The Scottish Government and Education Scotland

In recent years the Scottish Government and Education Scotland has supported dyslexia reviews and a range of positive initiatives for school and local authority staff to help them support children and young people with dyslexia achieve parity of academic attainment and wellbeing with their peers

Scottish Government website

Education Scotland

Activity 11 Reflective log

Take a few minutes to review the information above, you may choose to access the highlighted websites. Use your Reflective log to plan how to make use of these resources.

Now try the formative quiz 2 to consolidate your knowledge and understanding from this section. Completing the quizzes is part of gaining the digital badge, as explained in the Module overview.

Formative quiz 2

5 Sustaining and developing professional learning

6 Learning for sustainability