Special Events/Announcements


New SPLD teacher training courses for September 2019

Level 5 & 7 Information Evening, Thursday 28 March, 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Teacher Training

OCR has withdrawn its SpLD courses but Fairley House will be offering an alternative from September 2019.  We have designed a similar course which has been validated by the CPD Standards Office.  

The Level 5 course focuses on specialist teaching and will enable successful candidates to apply for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status of the BDA or to apply for a Teaching Practice Certificate from Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS).

The Level 7 course focuses on teaching a more complex learner with SPLD and assessing.  Successful candidates can apply for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and an Assessment Practising Certificate from either the BDA or PATOSS which is recognised by SASC.  Qualified assessors who hold the Level 7 Diploma are able to assess learners for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and access arrangements for public examinations.


Applications are now welcome for September 2019

An information evening will be held on Thursday 28 March at 5.00pm.  This will be held at Fairley House School, 30 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AU.  Please RSVP to Patricia Snowdon, ps@fairleyhouse.org.uk if you would like to attend.  

Quotes from former students:-

'The course was well organised and the timing and pacing helped me manage working full-time and meet the course deadlines.  My tutor was perceptive and encouraging throughout the year.' 

'OCR 5 has changed my life and has allowed me to pursue a teaching career that suits my lifestyle and my family while benefiting the greatest number of learners possible.  Thank you'.

The organisation of the course was excellent, particularly the week by week breakdown that enabled me to balance and organise my life.'

'The course was very well run and organised with lots of support.'

'As a teacher of learners with SLPd, I found all the information given in the course, as well as the research I did as part of the course, extremely interesting and helpful.  Since comleting the OCR, I have found my lessons are reflecting the work I did for the course'.

'The course has improved my understanding of the challenges facing children with SPLd and how best to support them'.

'I really liked the fact you could download the lectures to your computer and still use them post course - a huge plus for me.  I felt my tutor was exemplary and went above and beyond.  Overall, one very happy customer and it is one of the best things I have done!'


Course Director


 Jackie Murray is an Educational Psychologist and is the School Psychologist for Fairley House School. She has taught in the United States and in the UK both at primary and secondary levels and has been a secondary school Senco. Jackie was on the pilot course of the RSA Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from 1985 to 1986, gaining a distinction and becoming a course tutor in 1988 at Watford Dyslexia Unit and the National Hospital’s College of Speech Sciences. She was Principal of Fairley House School from 1997 to 2013. She is currently Director of the Level 5 course at Fairley House and began tutoring the course in 2013.