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Specialist dyslexia training

Discussion in 'Primary' started by donna79, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. donna79

    donna79 New commenter

    I have just been sent information about the postgraduate course in SpLD Dyslexia which is something I would be very interested in completing. I was just wondering if anyone has done this course before and if it was manageable in terms of workload whilst still carrying out the full time duties of being a class teacher.
    Thanks
     
  2. donna79

    donna79 New commenter

    I have just been sent information about the postgraduate course in SpLD Dyslexia which is something I would be very interested in completing. I was just wondering if anyone has done this course before and if it was manageable in terms of workload whilst still carrying out the full time duties of being a class teacher.
    Thanks
     
  3. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    I am sorry I do not know the answer to your question. But please could you tell me which course it is you are considering as when I looked at the options available there were so many different ones I really could not tell which ones were worth doing or not.
     
  4. I am currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in dyslexia and literacy through Dyslexia Action which is validated by York University. It is an excellent course but I changed jobs so I could do it and only work two days a week. I know people who are doing it while working full time and are really struggling with the work load. It says on their website a minimum of 15 hours study a week but I easily do 20-25 hours a week. There is also a teaching commitment each week with an individual learner - this takes a lot of time to plan and make resources for. I know that there are lots of different courses available and so I can only comment on the one I am studying. I hope to go on and do the second year of the course which takes the qualification up to PG Diploma level. Best of luck with your decision.
     
  5. Try posting this question on the SEN forum you might get more responses.
     
  6. Hi,

    I did this course 2 years ago through Northumbria University. I worked full time at the time and was also Maths Leader and had a student teacher at the time. I found the workload to be quite large, finding myself working every holiday just to try and catch up. If your school can be flexible with regard to your teaching (i.e. ensure you are given time to do the 1:1 teaching in school time) then it might be less stressful - my school didn't and I was teaching before or after school and found myself so bogged down.

    However I don't regret for 1 minute doing the course as I feel I am more in-tune with more of my children now and providing greater opportunities for them to succeed, regardless of difficulties.

    Go for it, but just be prepared for a lot of work, but worthwhile work I must say.
    Good luck!
     

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