Pupils: Dyslexia

Department for Education written question – answered on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are being taken to ensure that teaching schools have staff who are qualified to train others to teach dyslexic pupils.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Department for Education)

Teaching schools have a responsibility through their delivery of Continuing Professional and Leadership Development to develop future head teachers to help meet the most pressing national needs in primary, small rural, special, challenging urban/coastal and faith schools. This includes supporting and training teachers to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND), including dyslexia. The Department does not prescribe approaches to be used by teaching schools but we know from monitoring data, that many Teaching School Alliances run specific dyslexia courses.

In addition, through their role in designating and brokering Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE), Teaching School Alliances are able to offer schools access to a range of SEN expertise. A total of 939 SLEs are designated with a SEN specialism.

We have also enabled teachers to develop their practice in supporting children with SEN and disabilities through the National Scholarship Fund, which allowed teachers to apply for funding to undertake postgraduate level qualifications in specific impairments.

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