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Dyslexia – Professional Report Writing30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

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In line with the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) guidelines, the Dyslexia Professional Report Writing (DPRW) course is the final module for those who are seeking to train to become specialist teachers/assessors and then be able to be rewarded an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) by either The Dyslexia Guild, PATOSS or the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Please note this course has specific eligibility requirements which are outlined in the ‘Are you eligible section’. Please use our flowchart prior to applying for the course.

What is an Assessment Practicing Certificate? 

An Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) is a recognised licence to practise for specialist teachers/assessors. It confirms that the specialist assessor has the appropriate qualifications to undertake full assessments for dyslexia/SpLD to provide evidence to support an application for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). It also confirms that specialist teachers/assessors have kept their professional practice up-to-date and that their practice has been externally verified as continuing to meet defined competency standards.

Why take this module?

Learn exactly how to assess individuals who may have dyslexia.

  • Take a unique SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) approved course designed by EPs and teachers in partnership.
  • Gain 30 Masters level credits and count them towards a PGCert, PGDip or an MEd in SEND, or a PGCert in Specialist Assessment for Literacy-Related Difficulties.
  • A gateway module to the SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) – awarded by either The Dyslexia Guild, PATOSS, or the British Dyslexia Association. 

Are you eligible?

Why are you looking to study The Dyslexia - Professional Report Writing Course

To gain an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)

To complete a module for the MEd SEND?

You will need to meet the following requirements:

An L5 SpLD Teaching Diploma or L7 SpLD Teaching Certificate which is eligible for Associate (ADG) member with The Dyslexia Guild or ATS/APS with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

Real Training Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) or Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A)

Registered on the British Psychological Society Register of Qualifications in Test Use (BPS RQTU) as Test User

Possess an undergraduate degree

Work in or have access to an education setting

Can commit to 300 hours of study for the course

Have access to a wide range of psychometric tests

You are not eligible to join this course.
As you have selected 'no' to one of the requirements highlighted above, you are unlikely to be eligible for this course. If you would like to get in touch with one of our course advisers and discuss your circumstances, please email info@realgroup.co.uk with a copy of your CV and relevant SpLD qualifications.
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Dyslexia Professional Report Writing entry criteria/requirements

You need to have:

  • Either Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG), a British Dyslexia Association accredited Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) qualification, or hold level 5 or 7 SpLD specialist teacher/practitioner qualifications which would make you eligible for ADG/ATS/APS.

Please note: if you do not hold a membership, you will need to demonstrate eligibility prior to joining the course.

In addition to this, you will also need to:

You should also:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree.
  • Work in or have access to an education setting.
  • Have access to a wide range of psychometric tests – the choice of tests will vary according to the age of children you work with, but you will need tests that fit these categories: cognitive ability including verbal ability, and visual non-verbal ability | working memory | phonological processing | processing speed | reading accuracy | reading efficiency | reading comprehension | spelling | writing | possible additional test for maths. The SASC-approved tests lists show the tests that can be used. As a Real Training delegate, you will receive a 10% discount on assessments and other items in the Dyslexia Action Shop.

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.

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

How you will benefit?

Develop professional expertise

  • Put yourself in a pole position to apply for the SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).
  • Understand the key dyslexia assessments that need to be used to help each individual.
  • Further, develop your understanding of specific learning difficulties with a focus on dyslexia.
  • Develop dyslexia assessment tools that enable you to write reports to the APC standard.
  • Significantly enhance the quality of your assessment of each individual, whether or not each assessment leads to a diagnosis.
  • Obtain a comprehensive understanding of the academic debates in this area, changes in relation to definitions and terminology over time and the role of discrepancy analysis.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key components of a rigorous and professional dyslexia assessment.
  • Put your enhanced conceptual understanding of dyslexia into practice.
  • Learn how to conduct a full professional assessment and make the best possible judgment.
  • Develop your broader practice, knowledge, and skills through reflection.

Add real value to your school

Our Dyslexia: Professional Report Writing module will enable your school/setting to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of dyslexia and the real needs of dyslexic students.
  • Identify individuals who require additional support.
  • Produce and use a rigorous, evidence-based framework for assessment and reporting.
  • Foster and develop knowledge and skills that enable you to create a clear learning path for those with dyslexia, based on a holistic analysis of their strengths and key areas for future development.

Learn on the job

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

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.
  • Access our sophisticated online learning platform and utilise the latest technologies: video and multimedia content, access to two thousand full-text journals, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation, student forum and occasional webinars (with tutors and guest lecturers).

Accrue credits towards your Master of Education (MEd)

This is part of our SEND and Inclusion Programme. It is designed, delivered, and assessed by Real Training and quality assured and awarded by Middlesex University.

  • Attain 30 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete the Dyslexia Professional Report Writing module. 
  • Obtain a PGCert or PGDip or MEd in SEND by combining this module with others from our SEND Programme. 
  • If you have successfully completed the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET), you will be able to apply to join our MEd SEND Programme with an additional 30 credits.
  • Complete an additional 120 credits – this includes a 60-credit dissertation module and the MEd is yours.

Connect with your peers

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

Please note 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 professional tutor and receive dedicated support from the module team – made up of experienced EPs and specialist teachers with an APC and AMBDA.

Our SENCOs and EPs know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

The module content

Strand one: Understanding the concept of SpLD and the history of dyslexia identification

  • Critically explore the history and concepts behind specific learning difficulties with a primary focus on dyslexia and co-occurring conditions such as dyspraxia and ADHD.
  • Focus on synthesising information from the literature and research in this area from professional publications and guidance relating to the understanding of SpLD and its assessment.
  • Create a timeline outlining and summarising the most significant publications, developments and changes in dyslexia; while also considering the impact and implications of these progressive developments on your understanding of SpLD in teaching and learning.
  • Take part in lively critical discussions on SpLD via our interactive forum in Campus Online.
  • Start to create an assessment checklist consisting of a list of key questions that an SpLD assessment must address. You will develop this throughout the module and it will form the basis of a comprehensive assessment that takes into account a broad range of factors relevant to the identification of dyslexia.

Strand two: The components of a thorough dyslexia assessment

  • Consider the important components of a rigorous and professional dyslexia assessment, enabling you to put into practice the conceptual understanding of dyslexia that you gleaned from the first strand.
  • Consider the use of psychometric tests and a range of wider assessment techniques, including ability, attainment and diagnostic tests of specific cognitive skill.
  • Undertake a focused evaluation of two tests and consider their particular contribution within a dyslexia assessment.
  • Examine the statistical analysis of test data and critically consider the notion of statistically significant differences between test scores.
  • Refine the assessment checklist that you started in the first strand and consider and notes down the appropriate tools and assessment procedures for answering the questions that you have formulated.
  • Consider the meaning and interpretation of a set of given test results provided as a case study on Campus OnlineTM; discuss your interpretation with other delegates in the discussion forum.
  • Complete a multiple-choice questionnaire testing the accuracy of your statistical analysis of test data.
  • Compare and contrast existing professional dyslexia reports, evaluating their approach, style and content.

Strand three: Conducting rigorous assessments and writing professional reports

  • Consolidate the skills and knowledge that you gained in the first and second strands in the consideration of the wider factors involved in conducting a full professional assessment and in making good judgements.
  • Reflect on your developing practise, knowledge and skills.
  • Draw up a plan for a full dyslexia assessment – gather background information; consider specific hypotheses and questions that inform the assessment; consider issues of confidentiality and data protection; clarify the purpose of and rationale for the assessment.

How you will be assessed?

  • A written assignment analysing and critiquing the history of the identification of dyslexia including the discrepancy model (1,500 words).
  • A case study analysis, for which background information and test results are provided (1,500 words).
  • Three written example reports (2,500 words each) stemming from a full SpLD assessment, outlining the rationale and evidence for the identification of a specific learning difficulty.
  • A short learning log of practice change over the duration of the module and comparative analysis of pre-and post-module style and skills (500 words).
  • A video submission (DVD or file upload) demonstrating competencies in the direct assessment of a client.

How is the module delivered?

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

How much does it cost?

The fee for the Dyslexia Professional Report Writing module is a little more than our other 30-credit modules because we include even more professional tutoring and the course is approved by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).

As always, we can offer you a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £2,125 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £733 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £225 + VAT.

For further information please visit the payment FAQ page found here.

Speak to us (01273 35 80 80) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

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


‘I think the online programme resources were clearly laid out and easily accessible. I found the videos of the assessments being carried out of great help and they made for a great reference tool.’ Ama Boaten-Rolfe

‘Julie has been very positive and encouraging. Her feedback was clear and I feel that she has helped me to develop my practice.’ Natalie Davis

Module Leader

Jessica Milligan

Jessica Milligan is a specialist teacher and assessor of pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia, currently based in London. Jessica has worked in several international schools in Asia. Jessica is trained in the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) and is a tutor on the Dyslexia Action specialist teaching and assessment programmes.


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