Hello, I am looking for some advice about becoming a specialist dyslexia teacher. I am a graduate who has been working as a teaching assistant in a junior school for the past 18 months. This experience has helped me to realise that I don't really want to be a general classroom teacher, but I find helping pupils on a one on one basis, especially those children who have dyslexia, extremely rewarding. Through working with dyslexic children I have also become increasinly interested in how we learn to read and write. I'd love to learn more about phonics teaching - we don't do much phonics work as a junior school, but I think it would be so helpful for all us TAs working with children with specific learning difficulties to have full phonics training, as these kids obviously haven't kept up with the teaching of phonics in the infants. I suppose my main question is do I have to do a PGCE before I can pursue my interest in specialist dyslexia teaching? I have no desire to return to a full time university course in the current economic climate and with the worrying fees increases. Apart from the GTP, are there any alternatives for people interested in working specifically in SEN? Thanks in advance for any help people can offer. It has been really difficult working out what I actually want to do career-wise and I think I've finally found something I am good at. Working with my dyslexic children really brightens my day!