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Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by hellothisismyusername, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. hellothisismyusername

    hellothisismyusername New commenter

    Is it any good ? Anyone done it ? Online options ? How much money/time/hassle etc etc ?

    Thanks !
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I think it may depend on your provider. I started to do this thinking that I would take to it like duck to water having had some responsibility for students with SpLD in my school in a management role. Funding was provided so not an issue. I didn't finish the course - hated Hickey and the very prescriptive teaching methods ! It was just not for me. It did not help that the course was badly organised and the delivery found wanting. Many of my colleagues completed it / or some of it to give them a qualification of sorts but I was at the end of my teaching career and just decided to pursue other things which, to me, were more worth investing in - no regrets.
  3. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I did it ages ago, when I was part of an advisory teaching team. It was paid for by the LA, so no cost to me. There were weekly evening lectures, some Saturday stuff at the sponsor uni and a dissertation, as well as the weekly homework.

    Because I was working as an advisor, it wasn't difficult to find a project and a child to work with, but I spent a lot of early Sunday mornings doing the dissertation. About what you'd expect, I guess.

    The trainers were generally good- one in particular was excellent, but I found parts of it very prescriptive (Hickey) and I can't say that I felt that that particular method suited my way of working.

    In terms of career, it helped me in he advisory role, then helped with a post in an SEN dept and finally, a SENCo post, just before the SENCo qualification came in. I did other courses (short and long) and probably covered most of the SENCo qual topics.

    So yes, it was of use to me then - don't know how useful now, other than for your own satisfaction.
  4. hellothisismyusername

    hellothisismyusername New commenter

    Thanks to you both
    I'm thinking the National SENCO one may well be a better use of time and energy
  5. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    Yes, I did it from 2003 to 2005 with Dyslexia Action - enjoyed the structure.It wasa taught course where you went into the university one day a week from 9 until 5.30.The rest of the week, I spent working on lesson plans, resources and coursework as I was not working.

    Following that I spent 9 years working as a learning support tutor in FE, also as an assessor for DSA and worked with HE students in the college coordinating the DSA support. I was promoted to a lead post but still with full teaching commitment.

    I now work as a dyslexia advisor in a university part time and assess part time.

    I have widened my knowledge to encompass the whole of spld including for assessment purposes as my course was just about dyslexia which now seems a little odd.

    In 2013, I did another 60 M credits in research methods and then a final dissertation to get my Masters.

    Part of me would like to do a PhD but I think I would find it too hard going at this point in my life.

    I still feel very enthusiastic about my specialism.

    I work with a lovely lady who tutors our students who could have already retired ( a few years back)but tootles around everyday, full of energy, ideas and inspiration about spld.

    She is what I aspire to.
  6. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    And I had to take out a big loan to do mine.....

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