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Miles Dyslexia Centre: the centre for assessment, support and research

Courses and Training

Professional Development Courses for Teachers

The Miles Dyslexia Centre provides a variety of professional development courses for teachers.

  • Course of Further Professional Studies in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia (CFPS) a self-contained one year course run as a Module in the Masters programme).  This part-time course is run in association with the Bangor University School of Education, and requires attendance at 5 weekends during the year, and is of one or two years duration, depending on the course.  This course requires teaching practice (30 hours individual teaching in the student's home area) which is supervised by personal observation and by recorded lessons. (The Assessment module requires the teacher to carry out an observed assessment). 

  • Two modules on Dyslexia and one on Assessment in the Postgraduate Diploma/Masters programme (2 years), also run in association with the Bangor University School of Education, and requires attendance at 5 weekends during the year, and is of one or two years duration, depending on the course.  This course requires teaching practice (30 hours individual teaching in the student's home area) which is supervised by personal observation and by recorded lessons. (The Assessment module requires the teacher to carry out an observed assessment). 

  • Further modules that may be taken include: Meeting Special Needs Research and Evaluation Techniques, Psychology of Learning. 

  • British Dyslexia Association accreditation - These courses are recognised by the British Dyslexia Association. On completing successfully, teachers may apply for accreditation as ATS (Approved Teacher Status) and AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) respectively.  (Under current regulations, teachers holding AMBDA are recognised by the Joint Examining Board as qualified to carry out assessments of pupils needing special arrangements in SATs and GCSE examinations.) 

  • Those wishing to enrol on the above courses are normally expected to hold Qualified Teacher Status for the sector in which they are working (or have worked) and to have had two years full-time (or the equivalent) classroom teaching experience.

  • An accredited training course for Classroom Assistants.  Enquiries to Joanna Dunton, Coordinator of Teaching Service.