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Fairley House is the first and only school in the country to create and run teacher training for specific learning differences (SpLD). Since 2006 we have trained 258 teachers and therapists. 

We offer recognised courses in specific learning differences (SpLD) both to its own staff and external teachers who want to boost their qualifications and career prospects. Our courses are Patoss approved and validated by the CPD Standards Office.


We train our staff in the evidence-based methodology which we wish to promote.

Training our therapists enables us to make them specialist teachers as well as therapists, an exceptional resource that sets us apart from other SpLD schools.

Jackie Murray, Former Head and Educational Psychologist


The Level 5 course trains teachers to assess children with literacy and numeracy difficulties, to design teaching programmes based on assessment to teach diagnostically.

The majority of lectures are delivered by the Course Director, Phil Wain with assistance from Joan Cameron (specialist teacher and ex-SENCo at Fairley House School). There are weekly lectures and seminars and a team of tutors provide regular feedback to all submitted work.  

The year long course involves weekly after school sessions (16:30 – 19:00), 20 hours of guided teaching with two learners with SpLD, an assessed essay and final presentation.

We also offer the following courses upon request:

  • Fairley House Certificate Course (100 CPD points)
  • Level 7 (800 CPD points)


Teacher training at Fairley House has its origins in the very first diploma in SpLD back in 1985 as UCL launched the RSA diploma in SpLD, the first recognised course of its kind. Jackie Murray, Fairley House School’s former head (1997-2013) and Educational Psychologist took this pilot course, passing with distinction, before becoming course tutor.

Then in 1988, Daphne Hamilton-Fairley, the founder of Fairley House, persuaded the National College of Speech Sciences (NHCSS, now UCL’s Department of Human Communication) to run the course and Jackie became the London University Course Convenor, where she worked for 6 years.

This course continued until 2005 and all Fairley House Staff were trained at UCL. Fairley House then set up it’s own OCR Diploma course due to lack of other teacher training options. It then opened to other teachers, and the OCR Level 7 course was introduced.

In 2018, OCR decided to stop validating the SpLD courses. Fairley House School then coordinated a meeting with country-wide leaders and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre to write new and updated Level 5 and 7 courses which were then validated by CPD. These have run since 2019 and are fully PATOSS approved.

We are proud to say that since 2006 we have trained 258 teachers and therapists in Level 5, and since 2013 we have trained 41 teachers and therapists in Level 7.





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.


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


As a teacher of learners with SpLD, 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 completing 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 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.

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London’s leading day school for children with specific learning differences

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30 Causton Street

Call:  020 7976 5456
Email: info@fairleyhouse.org.uk