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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties


Clare Roberts is in her fourth year of running a course for Masters level candidates to qualify for the Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) in liaison with Oxford Brookes University. This is a qualification for dyslexia specialists and assessors.

Our Aim

By supporting AMBDA candidates we hope to increase the number of dyslexia specialists and specialist assessors in schools, so more pupils with SpLD can get the support they deserve.

Course Outline

Candidates attend 4 three hour sessions at The Unicorn School over a year. The sessions cover areas such as:

· How to administer and mark standardised assessments

· Understanding the psychometrics!

· Interpreting assessment results alongside background information on the pupil and   observations of the pupil made by the assessor during the assessment process

· Devising a specific literacy intervention that is bespoke for the pupil

· Delivering the intervention and reflecting upon it

By the end of the course

By the end of the one-year course the candidates will have written 3 full diagnostic reports, given 30 hours specialist teaching, submitted a 1 hour of video of them self, administering standardised assessments and a 3 hour video of them delivering specialist teaching.

The candidate also produces 3 portfolios, 1 for each pupil they have helped. The portfolio is made up of lesson plans, the pupil’s work and reflections upon their teaching.

At the end of the course our aim is for the candidates to feel confident as assessors and identifying dyslexia as well as ensure they can write accurate, informative assessment reports following the guidelines laid out by The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) as the assessment reports can be used by the pupil for the rest of their life. Candidates will be able to recommend appropriate interventions and deliver them ensuring the pupil is always at the heart of the process.

Successful candidate’s will also be able to assess pupils to see if they need access arrangements, for example; extra time, a reader or a scribe in an exam. They will also able to write assessments to support students applying for Disabled Students Allowance.