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The Dyslexia Award  - funded training opportunity for Sencos, Teachers and TAs in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools/settings

2018-2019 Local Authority Funding for Accredited SpLD Training

This year we have an exciting new, funded, training opportunity developed in response to demand from SENCos, teachers and teaching assistants for a shorter, manageable alternative to the Level 5 course on dyslexia -  ‘The Dyslexia Award’ devised and delivered in a unique partnership between Dyslexia Matters and Hertfordshire ISL Specific Learning Difficulties Outreach Team.   
This is a short practical training programme focusing on understanding and supporting groups of learners with dyslexia / Specific Learning Difficulties delivered through blended learning comprising online study and reading, action research and 3 locally based study days. 

The online course and assessed tasks will take approx. 120 hours to complete over 6 – 9 months and will give candidates 12 x Level 5 credits.

Funding is available for 30 places for primary and secondary colleagues and, as part of our commitment to early intervention 10 funded places are also available to colleagues in nursery settings.
Applicants should have the support of the Head Teacher and should support school development. There is an expectation that upon completion, successful candidates will disseminate what they have learned at a local level in consultation with ISL Specific Learning Difficulties Outreach Teachers.

Applications must be fully completed and with the Head Teacher’s statement to by Friday 6th July 2018


Aldenham Country Park - children's learning beyond the classroom and SEND facilities

Aldenham Renaissance CIC was awarded a 30 year lease and management contract to run the park on behalf of Herts Country Council. As part of this Hertfordshire Country Council and Aldenham Renaissance pledged to use their best endeavours to develop the education facilities for our schools, and in particular those pupils with SEND. Following an extensive refurbishment, the centre are now running the SEND Adventure Playground, an extensive indoor sensory play centre in the SEND Pavilion and wood cabins for educational use. The SEND facilities are suitable for both school visits and families with SEND children.

Aldenham County Park also runs curriculum mapped educational workshops in the Farm and Woodlands, Survival and Orienteering workshops, overnight camping and volunteering.

More information may be found on our Local Offer page

If you would like to visit the centre or to take a look at the facilities, please contact