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Dyslexia: Leadership and Intervention: Application & Reflection30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

You will need to pass Dyslexia: Leadership and Intervention: Skills & Knowledge before you take this supplementary module.

Why take this module?

In the previous module (Skills & Knowledge), you will have learnt how to lead and make effective interventions in dyslexia.

This sister module will enable you to apply this knowledge and understanding in the real world – through casework and school-based work.

Activities give you the practical experience to understand how to evaluate, implement and review identification and intervention strategies in dyslexia.

Dyslexia: Leadership & Intervention: Application & Reflection will give you the real confidence to engage with and commission from external services and enhance the support in your setting.

Please note

Alternative dyslexia qualifications tend to focus on teaching individuals (e.g. British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accredited Approved Teacher Status and Practising Certificates). In contrast, these modules are concerned with leadership and interventions across the system – at an individual, group, school and school-cluster level. This qualification is designed for professionals who wish to lead in the area of dyslexia. As such, we have chosen not to seek BDA accreditation.

The course starts in May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Add real value to your school

  • Understand the interventions that should be in place in your setting to help manage dyslexia across the school.
  • Be able to recruit and manage staff delivering dyslexia services confidently.
  • Ensure value for money from support services by commissioning quality, targeted services.
  • Provide accurate and confident guidance to parents, colleagues and managers.
  • Know how and when to seek the advice of educational psychologists (EPs) and/or other specialists.
  • Possess the skills to demonstrate and provide evidence of progress.
  • Gain the knowledge to enable you to manage difficult situations effectively.

Develop professional expertise

  • Understand the key points for the effective teaching of basic literacy skills.
  • Manage a screening process and the identification of literacy difficulties, including dyslexia.
  • Plan and oversee an intervention to support a failing reader/dyslexic student.
  • Commission or employ the appropriate expertise to deliver dyslexia interventions for individuals, groups and across the whole school with confidence.
  • Reflect on the impact of literacy support at individual learner level and at strategic management level.
  • Deploy other teaching staff and/or teaching assistants in order to support pupils with literacy difficulties/dyslexia.
  • Evaluate the impact of support staff.

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Theories, reflection and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Work at a time and pace that suits you.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
  • Access our sophisticated online learning platform and utilise the latest technologies: video and multimedia content, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation, student forum and webinars (with tutors and guest lecturers).

Accrue credits towards your MEd

  • Attain 30 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete this module.
  • We offer an unrivalled range of follow-on, practice-led SEND courses that count towards your MEd.
  • Get 180 credits and the MEd is yours.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus Online.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Work with a learning coach, professional tutor and receive dedicated support from the tutor team – made up of experienced SENCOs/SEN consultants/EPs.

Our SENCOs and EPs know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module at a time of the year that suits you – September, January or May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

The module content

Strand one: Planning and implementing change in your setting

  • Collaborate with colleagues to consider how you would like dyslexia-friendly practice to develop in your setting.
  • Choose an area of provision to focus on and create a brief development plan.
  • Lead a collaborative process that envisages including all learners (also known as: Wave 1 provision).
  • Develop your plan with your colleagues in your setting and consider the next steps towards implementation of some or all of the ideas presented in it.
  • Reflect on the process from a leadership/management perspective.

Strand two: Evaluating the impact of intervention

  • Consider the purpose, scope and focus of an impact evaluation.
  • Bear in mind others with whom you will collaborate.
  • Develop your methods/criteria for evaluating impact.
  • Oversee the selection of a pupil/pupils to receive intervention and gather pre-intervention data.
  • Manage the delivery of the intervention.
  • Gather post-intervention data.
  • Communicate your findings.

Strand three: Reflect on leadership, management and change in your organisation

  • Reflect on the activities undertaken within these modules, the research that you have undertaken and the implications for the school system in which you work.
  • Consider the current levels of staff qualifications, skill and expertise in relation to dyslexia and how these are being utilised.
  • Look at the overall screening, assessment, identification and intervention structures in place in relation to dyslexia in your setting.
  • Analyse the management structures in place for processes and the extent to which these structures support engagement with external agencies and professionals.
  • Determine how your own management and leadership skills have developed on these modules.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Practice analysis: Write a 4,000-word case study describing the management of a literacy intervention with an individual learner or a group of learners.
  • Reflective analysis: Write a 2,000-word reflective diary/journal about the learning journey/development involved in undertaking a leadership role for management of reading difficulties/dyslexia.

How is the module delivered?

  • You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding through practice – it’s the best way to learn.
  • Campus Online will support you with content that complements your learning every step of the way.
  • Study with some of the finest practitioners around and engage with outstanding content and practical activities that truly enhance your professional development.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £1,200 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £425 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £132 + VAT.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

The cohort is May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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