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Save up to 75% on selected items in the Super Summer Sale!


Are you wondering what to do with your remaining budget before the end of the academic year? Visit Dyslexia Action Shop website until 27 July to take advantage of reduced prices for over 80 items in our Super Summer Sale!

Start the new year in September with new games and books, as well as literacy and numeracy resources, to help support and grow your students. There will also be a limited number of test materials and assessment forms available to purchase in the sale.

In addition to the amazing discounted products, if you spend over £100 you will receive a free copy of the insightful book Understanding Dyslexia by Janet Townsend.

The sale is only available for a limited time so don’t miss out.

What’s new on the revised SEND programme?


As you may already be aware, from this September you will be able to study on our newly revised SEND programme.

During the past five years, since we first introduced our SEND programme, a whopping 789 students have been awarded their Postgraduate Certificates, 19 have gained the Postgraduate Diploma and a further 43 have gained their Masters through Real Training and Middlesex University.

We have loved working with all the education professionals completing our courses and we are very proud of what we have achieved together. This is why we have recently reviewed and revised the programme – we want to make sure it continues to meet the ever-changing demands of the education sector in the UK and also internationally.

With our new strengthened programme, you could graduate with one of ten Postgraduate Certificate awards (some of which are new), a Postgraduate Diploma in SEND or a Master of Education (MEd) in SEND. In partnership with Dyslexia Action, we are also pleased to be able to offer a MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy.

To see a full list of the awards and modules available in the revised programme, please take a look at our dedicated SEND programme web page and get in touch if you have any queries. In particular, make sure you have a look at our brand new modules:

Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion (available to start in September 2018)
International Award in SEN Coordination (available to start in September 2018)
Cognition & Learning (available to start in January 2019)
Psychology for Education (available to start in January 2019)

Keep up-to-date with the new JCQ regulations free of charge, with Real Training

Last year, like many organisations, we hosted some live, paid events to run through that year’s updates to the JCQ regulations. Following a great deal of thought and debate, this year we have decided to do something quite different. We are going to be offering a free-to-access update, available to all qualified access arrangements professionals.

This will take the form of a detailed webinar, hosted by our experts, giving you full details on the changes implemented this year and discussing potential challenges, interpretations and scenarios.

Why have we made this change?

There are two main reasons behind this change, one technical and the other a matter of principle. The technical reason is that we understand that the upcoming changes  are not particularly wide-ranging or challenging – certainly not sufficient to merit a full day of training. The fundamental reason, though, was one of principle. As an organisation committed to improving outcomes for all – and giving education professionals the confidence they need – we feel a professional duty to ensure that all access arrangements assessors have the information they require, regardless of their school’s financial circumstances.

How can you register?

A registration form for the webinar will be circulated in the coming weeks. If you want us to add your name to the list, however, simply email us and we can process your free registration from here.

When will you be able to access the Real Training Access Arrangements Update?

We’ll be working over the summer, to ensure that you can access this full, free update by the start of the autumn term – giving you the confidence you need ahead of the first wave of Form 8 submissions in the winter.

Can you pass this on to your colleagues?

The short answer to this is yes! Whilst this update is being created with our previous graduates foremost in mind, we want to support all assessors. So, if you have colleagues who might benefit, please forward this email to them so they can also benefit.

Bringing the Gold Standard of UK educational testing to Dubai this September

CCET Psychometric TestingFollowing a hugely successful, fully-booked Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing course we delivered at the Horizon International School in April, we are pleased to announce a new event running from September 18-20.

The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing will help you to understand how assessments using psychometric tests are developed, how to use them effectively, and how to interpret the results.

It will also enable you to apply for the BPS Test User Educational qualification and to join the BPS’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use – a publicly searchable database of competence that will bolster your professional reputation.

Whilst our course is designed around the BPS and government requirements, some key aspects make our course unique:

  • Unlike other courses, ours is independently accredited by a highly-respected university, Middlesex, and graduates can join our masters programme as if they have 30 academic credits
  • Our standards are audited and approved by the British Accreditation Council, so you can be assured that we deliver to the highest standards
  • We deliver more than 400 CCET courses every year, making us the most popular provider of this course
  • We have significant experience of training educators across the world – with current delegates in 37 different countries
  • Our course is written, delivered and tutored by Educational Psychologists and highly-experienced, specialist tutors

Please note that we are limited to 20 delegates and the last course in Dubai sold out very quickly, so book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Free NPQs for schools in category 5 and 6 areas in England

Have you heard the fantastic news? The Department for Education (DfE) is supporting teachers and leaders with ten million pounds of funding for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). The funding is available to schools in category 5 and 6 areas and our records show that your school may be in one of these category areas – you may, therefore, be entitled to a free place on one of the NPQ courses! To confirm this for sure please refer to the DfE website.


Easy to book and a flexible way to learn

If your school is entitled to a free place, then it’s time to celebrate! With three different levels of NPQ to choose from, our flexible, online and practice-led courses are suitable for a wide range of leadership roles from head of department to head teacher:

Don’t miss out!

To take advantage of this funding opportunity, make sure you secure the free training for yourself or one of your colleagues straight away.

Enter our draw to win a free ticket to the Autism Show in London

Visit us on Stand D6

On 15 and 16 June, we will be at the Autism Show in London. If you’re planning to head to the show, please come along and see us at our Dyslexia Action stand.

As always, the organisers have developed an interesting and thought-provoking range of seminars and workshops, please have a look at the Autism Show website for full details of what to expect.

Free tickets!

If you would like to attend the show but do not yet have a ticket, please email our colleague, Liz Martin, and we will enter you into our draw to win one of 15 free tickets. If you are a winner, you will receive a code to order your free ticket during the week commencing 4 June.

We have so much to discuss

You’ll find us on stand D6 at the show. It’s easy to remember because D stands for Dyslexia Action and there are 6 main reasons why you should come and see us:

Pre-order WIAT-IIIUK-T today on Dyslexia Action Shop

Keep your student testing and assessment up-to-date

As you may be aware, the new Wechsler Individual Achievement Test For Teachers is about to be released in the UK.

WIAT-IIlUK-T provides a reliable assessment of reading, language and numerical attainment in one test and is suitable for use with learners from ages 4 to 25.

Who is WIAT-IIIUK-T aimed at?

This is a professional test kit to be used only by qualified teachers that hold a further Postgraduate qualification in SEN ie Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in SEN, SpLD or a relevant field. Please note that you will be required to provide the name(s) and qualifications for those that will run the assessment – providing this information at checkout will speed up your order.

Why should I switch?

As the new WIATIIIUK-T replaces the second edition, you may ask, why should I switch? The new assessment has been re-standardised with UK norms so this will be more up to date giving you better results.

When can I order?

You can pre-order today at the Dyslexia Action Shop, whether you are looking for the boxed test kit, or with an additional bag to make the kit easier to transport around your setting.

Our price-match guarantee

Place your order by June 30th and we promise that if you find the same product cheaper anywhere else, we will match that price. You can shop with us with confidence, knowing you’re getting the best service and the best price possible.

Build your confidence in using psychometric tests with the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET)

We are pleased to inform you that, due to popular demand, we have recently added a new date into our training calendar for 2018. Our highly-regarded 3-day intensive Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) course will be taking place on 27-29 June at Conference Aston in Birmingham. The venue has a 4 star rating on Trip Advisor and boasts excellent leisure facilities for you to take advantage of if you are looking to book our residential option.

Course eligibility

CCET is an open access course and is therefore completed by a wide range of professionals from a variety of education settings. This includes teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, tutors and education officers. The only requirement is that you will need access to suitable students and psychometric tests in order to complete the assignments after the 3-day course. If you are unsure as to whether you would have access to tests, please find more details here about the loan scheme available through the Dyslexia Action Shop. As a CCET delegate, you would also receive 10% discount at the shop.

What you will learn

By completing this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge required to be able to administer and interpret psychometric tests effectively in your setting. The course covers all of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) competences and standards so at the end of the course, if you wish, you can become a registered Test User with the BPS.

How to book

If you would like to attend this intensive CCET course in June, please complete the online booking form and ensure you select the Birmingham course option on the drop-down list. We will not take payment at the time of booking, however a £500 deposit is required within seven days of booking to secure your place.

Of course, there are other dates and venues available should Birmingham does not suit you this time. You can see full details of these on our dedicated CCET webpage.

Attend The Dyslexia Guild Conference for up-to-date research and analysis in dyslexia and SpLD

dyslexia guild conference

Our sister company, Dyslexia Action, is holding The Dyslexia Guild Conference on Thursday 28 June at Aston University in Birmingham. If you are a professional in the education sector and you have an interest in Dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD), we would love for you to join us.

LEARN more about recent research and current hot topics such as the multilingual aspects of dyslexia, as well as the immediate and longer-term effectiveness of a speech-rhythm-based reading intervention and academic writing, by listening to our keynote speakers.

SHARE best practice by networking with over 150 education professionals with the same interest in dyslexia/SpLD, including our colleagues at Dyslexia Action.

DISCOVER the latest news and innovations from the world of SEN in the exhibitors hall, including an exclusive look at the new WIAT-III UK-T at the Dyslexia Action Shop stand.

Take a look at our conference programme for full details of what to expect from the day. You can also book to attend on Wednesday 27 June for an additional seminar, dinner and accommodation.

Book before 17 May and pay an early bird rate of just £95 if you are already a member or £125 for non-members. These prices are inclusive of VAT and cover the full conference programme for Thursday plus lunch and refreshments. If you wish to attend both Wednesday and Thursday, the rate is £247 (inclusive of VAT). To book now, simply complete our online registration form.

For more information before you book, please look at The Dyslexia Guild web page.

Have you booked to attend the COBIS Conference 2018 yet?

Cobis Conference 2018

COBIS Conference 2018

We are really excited to be attending the COBIS Conference 2018 on 12-14 May at InterContinental London O2 in Greenwich for the first time. Above all, we are looking forward to meeting those of you who are attending and finding out about your schools and how we can support you with your SEN provision and leadership management. 

If you have never studied online before and want to see how it works, we will be able to show you our learning platform, Campus Online, at the conference so that you can understand why it was rated as Good or Very Good by 96% of our delegates in 2017. Please do come and see us at Stand 13 to find out more about how we can help you now and in the future.

Visit Stand 13 at COBIS Conference 2018 to find out about:

Book to see us at the COBIS Conference 2018

If you have a busy schedule planned and wish to spend 10 minutes resting your legs with us in a quiet corner of the conference, we would be happy to book an appointment with you in advance to ensure that we don’t miss each other. Please email Natalie Rowe on natalie.rowe@realgroup.co.uk to arrange this.

Pimms o’clock?

Perhaps if you are staying a few extra days in London before or after the conference, you may fancy getting some fresh air with a walk along the river? If so, we would like to invite you to visit our office in Greenwich and meet some of the Real Group team. We’ll make sure we have some classic British summer refreshments waiting for you! To confirm your visit, please email Natalie Rowe on natalie.rowe@realgroup.co.uk.

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