This level 5 diploma course will empower you with the skills and knowledge to become a Dyslexia SpLD specialist teacher. The qualification is designed to provide a route for continuous professional development for teachers and other professionals.

Who is it for?

  • SENCOs/Inclusion Managers
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Learning Support Tutors
  • Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals working in an educational setting.

What will you learn?

On the course you will:

  • Learn how to identify and assess the needs of individuals using a range of evidence-based assessment materials
  • Have the opportunity to plan, deliver, review and evaluate effective teaching programmes in both literacy and numeracy
  • Learn how to make reasonable adjustments to support pupils in the classroom
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge about legislation and theory in relation to current research.

Prior qualifications and knowledge

This Gateway qualification, approved by the BDA (British Dyslexia Association), is designed primarily for qualified practising and experienced teachers and other professionals who hold recognised professional qualifications. Although Dyslexia Understood promotes open access to this qualification, in practice, candidates who do not have a professional background in providing learning support may find it difficult to access opportunities to generate the full range of evidence required to achieve the full qualification.

Opportunities for progression

Candidates will be able to progress to the Gateway Qualifications Level 7 Diploma in ‘Assessing and Teaching Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Difficulties and Barriers to Literacy’.

Candidates will be able to join the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS) and become registered in the tutor index.

Course Details

The course starts in September 2022.

The sessions will be held every Monday during term time, from 1pm – 4pm in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

The year-long course will consist of 22 face-to-face sessions, with the remainder of the time spent on personal study.

Cost: £3,995

The cost includes: weekly small group sessions; interactive seminars; individual feedback; continuous tutor support; resources toolkit; marking of your assignments and the fees incurred by the examining board, Gateway Qualifications.

Book now to reserve your place

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Phone: 07974 146624

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Places are limited so it is highly recommended you book early to avoid disappointment!

From the delegates…

I found the Level 5 course interesting, challenging and rewarding. I learnt a lot about dyslexia
and how to support students with literacy
and numeracy difficulties. Laura delivered the course lectures clearly and was very supportive throughout the year given prompt and precise feedback. Although the workload was heavy, it was well worth it in the end and now having completed the course, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to develop their own professional understanding of dyslexia. Thank you Laura – I throughly enjoyed the course!

Mahreen Dar LA Hounslow

The Level 5 Dyslexia course was an enriching experience. As a tutor, Laura was amazingly supportive and her fantastic lectures were truly enjoyable. The resources that were made available to us and the strategies we were being taught, proved to be invaluable in teaching students with dyslexia in a secondary school setting. Whenever I needed her support throughout the course, she was always available and reassuring

J. Silva St James’ Catholic High School

Laura is a fantastic teacher! I learnt so much through her lectures and discussions with the rest of the group. I also made some new friends! Best of all – I am no longer afraid to teach maths!!


I was nervous at the thought of going back to studying again. It is hard to manage the workload with life and family commitments but it’s worth every minute. The Level 5 course has taught me so much. As a primary trained teacher I wish I had completed the course years ago. It has not only taught me techniques to help children with dyslexia but it’s helped me rethink how to teach in the classroom supporting all teaching strategies.

Jo Potter

Laura runs a professional and enjoyable Level 5 course. Laura provides stimulating and accessible sessions that clearly guide you through the work necessary to complete the qualification. Laura uses her wide experience and in-depth knowledge to ensure that you are fully equipped to pass.

Helen Falconer School

Studying for the Level 5 qualification with Laura was an amazingly positive experience which reignited my love and enthusiasm for teaching. Sessions were carefully planned and clearly delivered. Assignments were relevant and further developed my understanding of dyslexia. Above
all, Laura is generous with her knowledge and her time and I felt supported throughout my studies. The course has changed the way I approach teaching pupils with dyslexia. It has given me the confidence to undertake teaching in a new key stage. I would highly recommend Laura for anyone considering studying for the Level 5 Qualification.

Antonia CrawleySEND Teacher

This course was excellent and was very suited to my learning style. Lectures were given by Laura Bloomberg, who is very well qualified and has an impressive knowledge of the subject. She has relevant experience in the field and so can talk from real-life contexts. There was also lots of time to learn with other candidates and to share our knowledge and experience as it developed. Course materials provided were very clear and informative. Assignments were planned and presented clearly. Candidates were given very specific instructions to help them organise and structure their work.

Laura was an exceptional tutor. She always responded very promptly and provided feedback that was relevant, useful and helped to develop my confidence and abilities. I felt lucky to have such excellent support throughout the course.

The course provides both theoretical and practical approaches to become a specialist teacher. I now feel empowered to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/ specific learning difficulties.

Ruth IronsideBushey Manor