FAIRLEY HOUSE SCHOOL
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Fairley House School (FHS) and Partners in Education (PIE) have offered the OCR Certificate in teaching learners with specific learning difficulties from January 2006 at Fairley House School. The next course will start in September 2017.
This well-recognised qualification provides Continuing Professional Development for teachers working with specific learning difficulties affecting the acquisition of literacy and numeracy. It is suitable for SENCOs, learning support teachers or classroom teachers wishing to develop specialist skills in this area.
Candidates will attend lectures and seminars at Fairley House School in Central London on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:00. Jacqueline Murray, Principal Educational Psychologist at FHS is the course director, and FHS teachers, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists will also contribute to the course. Three tutors will present take group seminars and individual tutorials.
Candidates are required to teach a student with literacy difficulties for 12 hours and a student with literacy and numeracy difficulties for 8 hours. Teaching can take place in candidates’ own schools as part of their normal work as long as they can work 1:1.
Candidates will be assessed teaching both their students and this will usually be done by tutors observing a videoed lesson. Candidates must gather a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates skills in identifying and assessing students with specific learning difficulties, planning teaching programmes, delivering and evaluating lessons, as well as reflection on the candidate’s own performance. It must also demonstrate knowledge of SEN legislation and the role of Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists. There are formal guidelines to follow in order to achieve the qualification.
The course runs over an academic year. The cost is £4,400.00. It covers OCR fees, lectures and seminars, plus tutorial support and assessment of the candidate’s work over 3 terms. Candidates are invited to spend a morning at FHS observing specialist teachers deliver literacy and numeracy with an age group of their choice (Y1 to Y9).
FHS is the only central London venue offering the course. The course draws upon the expertise of two centres of excellence (FHS and PIE) working with dyslexic and dyspraxic students. It combines theory and practice and will give candidates practical skills they can use in their own school.
To obtain more information or to apply for the course please contact Patricia Snowdon, Course Secretary:
0207 976 5456