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This free training was delivered in 2015/2016 and funded by the DfE and has now finished.

Read our Final Report evaluating the outcomes of this free training project funded by the Department of Education. Find out how much difference we really made…

   Download DST evaluation Report from Helen Arkell

"Thank you for all the wonderful webcasts. Staff have really enjoyed watching them."

Mrs W, SENCo

"Hope the feedback is just as good elsewhere.  We told our staff several times it was the best training we had ever received on dyslexia.  (And I have been teaching 30 years!)"

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FREE webcasts

"Every teacher is a teacher of SEN."

The new Code of Practice states that all teaching and support staff should be trained and have awareness of quality teaching for students with SEN.

Helen Arkell and Patoss, in association with The Dyslexia SpLD Trust have produced four webcasts.

The first is a 24 minute webcast containing valuable information on the definition of dyslexia together with some practical strategies for the classroom.

These webcasts and accompanying resources will support teachers and support staff in working with students with SEN.

These resources were produced through the Dyslexia SpLD Trust with funding from the Department for Education in collaboration with Patoss and Helen Arkell.

Click below to view the free training webcast:

Understanding Dyslexia and Other Literacy Difficulties Webcast  

Download the free supporting documents:

  • Webcast Handout Understanding Dyslexia and Other Literacy Difficulties
  • Rose Review Practical Guidance – Annex 6
  • Possible Indicators of Dyslexia
  • Three Top Tips Poster

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Dyslexia and the Simple View of Reading Webcast

The second webcast is a 14 minute webcast presented by Sir Jim Rose on Dyslexia and the Simple View of Reading.

Using this model can help teachers to identify the nature of pupil’s difficulties and develop appropriate remediation.

Click below to view the second webcast:

Dyslexia and the Simple View of Reading Webcast

Download Dyslexia and the Simple View of Reading Document

Download Presentation of Dyslexia and the Simple View of Reading

Simple View of Reading – Some Strategies Webcast

Patoss, in association with the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, has produced a third 22 minute webcast, on the Simple View of Reading and some strategies informed by using the Simple View of Reading model to support teaching and learning.

Download the associated handouts including text and slides to accompany the webcast.

Click here to access this free 22 minute webcast

Or view on YouTube

Click on the images of the five documents supporting the webcast below to download them. 

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The fourth and final webcast is available here:

Supporting the Trust Training Project Webcast

This webcast is under 24 minutes and presented by Bernadette McLean (Principal of Helen Arkell). It offers support for the completion of the Government Funded training delivered by the Dyslexia SpLD Trust, ideas for action plans and suggestions for next steps. Completion of the training will ensure certification for your schools.

Download supporting documents for the webcast:


pdf logoSupporting the Trust Training Project Presentation

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 Springboard Parent’s Little Guide to Helping Children Read

pdf logo  Online Guidance for Webcast 4

All of these free training webcasts can now be viewed on our YouTube channel. Please follow this link >>


We are delighted to share some of the feedback we have had about our training:

"I would just like to say how beneficial it has been.  In particular we have had a new student to the school this year, and the advice in this training has enabled us to support her much more effectively and give staff clear strategies.  (To the extent the parents have expressed how happy their daughter is now at school because of the support given).  So, when you are looking for feedback, I thought this might be helpful!"

"Thanks again for the presentation and the resources on the site.  (We gave every teacher the Annex 6 and the indicators of dyslexia sheet to make sure they had it.)"

Helen Arkell Training – Supporting Learners – Closing the Gap


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    Dyslexia Help – All it takes is 10 weeks to Make the Change of a Lifetime! Join the fastest growing Dyslexia Course in AUS.

    Dyslexia Explained: What is Dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. It refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Dyslexia can come in mild, moderate or severe forms. It can make it very difficult for a child to succeed academically in the typical educational environment. Dyslexics not only experience problems with reading, they might even experience difficulties in other areas of learning like spelling, writing or maths.

    Dyslexia is not a disease or a medical issue and as such there is no cure. Exact causes are still not completely clear. Brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a dyslexic person develops, functions and processes information. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence, or desire to learn.

    With appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can learn successfully. There is treatment which can correct the confusion. See Dyslexia Treatment Options .

    There is no single pattern of difficulty that affects all dyslexic people. A dyslexic person might:
    • See some letters as backwards or upside down.
    • See text appearing to jump around on a page.
    • Not be able to tell the difference between letters that look similar in shape such as…o…e…c.
    • Not be able to tell the difference between letters with similar shape but different orientation, such as…b…p…d…q.
    • See letters all jumbled up and out of order.
    • See letters and words all bunched together.
    • See letters of some words completely backwards, such as the word “was” looking like “saw”.

    The letters and words might look OK to the non-dyslexic, but to the dyslexic they are extremely confusing. So much so that they may get a severe headache or feel sick to their stomach every time they try to read. A dyslexic might be able to read the words but not be able to make sense of, or remember, what they read. So they find themselves coming back to read the same passage over and over again. It is important to understand when a dyslexic person sees letters or words reversed or mixed up, there may not be anything wrong with their eyes. The problem is in the way the mind interprets what the eyes see.

    Want to know More About Dyslexia?

    See our Free Video Library of Short Info Clips.

    FREE Dyslexia Learning Page
    Frequently Asked Questions

    CLICK HERE to read all the Questions and Answers.

    Other Labels used to describe Dyslexia

    CLICK HERE to Read what these labels mean.


    Dyslexia Help: How Can I Help My Child?

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    So you’ve made a commitment to improve your child’s learning. Awesome! Whether it be with reading, writing or their general state of mind, every step you take as a parent from now on is going to strengthen their mindset and expand their learning potential. It’s important to know what is going on with your child, so that you can do something about it. That’s why, at the start of each online lesson (there are only 10 MAX in the course) there is a short clip explaining to you what they will be learning, and why it’s so important. Your child learns differently and that’s fantastic! All we need to do now is teach them differently using an approach that works for them.

    By getting this far you have shown yourself that you are ready to give your child the greatest gift – the gift of learning!! My Mums and Dads have achieved incredible results for their kids with this Dyslexia Course:
    “I really don’t know how to thank you and your program, please know that all the successes Ben will achieve in his life would not have been possible without your love, dedication and skill, may you continue to change children and adults’ lives for many years to come.” – MELISSA, Ben’s Mum.
    “Erin has done lesson 3 and gone up three levels in comprehension at school! He’s getting an award at the end of the year for the first time ever!” – MISH, Erin’s Mum.

    See what More of our Clients Have to Say!

    How do the online courses work? Take a sneak peek!

    View the Learning Outcomes and Support Options.

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    Dyslexia Assessment: Signs and Symptoms?

    The Dyslexia Screening Test provides a profile of strengths and weaknesses of an individual. These can be used to guide the development of in-school support. The DST is designed for early identification of children who are at risk of reading failure. This is so they can be given extra support at school. It also and provides data which can be used to support the request of extra time, or concessions, in exams. Get an Assessment!

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    My Story. Mother of a Dyslexic Child. When Words Fail…

    “The inability to read, write and understand the meaning of words is a serious issue. It can lead to children and adults developing; anxiety, low self-esteem or depression. In addition it can seriously limit employment. A significant number of those with such difficulties are dyslexic.” Marianne Mullally – Armidale Independent. CLICK HERE to See My Story.

    New to 2016 will be Marianne’s book entitled DYSLEXIA ANSWERED. A mothers guide to helping your child read. Leave your details at the top of the page and we will contact you when the book is available to order.

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    Dyslexia in the Media:
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