Dyslexia Matters Conference

10th Jun 2011, 9:00am - 3:45pm

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University, one of the UK’s largest providers for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination and the Specialist Dyslexia Training for Teachers programme, is hosting a conference to discuss dyslexia and learning on Friday 10th June 2011.

According to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) 10% of the British Population are dylsexic; 4% severely so.

This conference offers:

  • An insight into some of the complex learning difficulties experienced by dyslexic learners;
  • An exploration into methods of effective intervention in schools;
  • Understanding learning processes and the influences of effective classroom practice;
  • Strategies for effective intervention in the areas most relevant to you from a selection of workshops;
  • Practical information combined with up-to-date professional thinking;
  • Opportunity to share good practice.

Who should attend this conference?

  • Teachers and lecturers;
  • Support assistants;
  • Practitioners;
  • Local Authority staff;
  • Educationalists;
  • Students;
  • Anyone with an interest in dyslexia.

Conference Programme

  • 9am – Registration and Refreshments;
  • 9:25am – An Introduction to Edge Hill University by Robert Smedley, Dean of Faculty of Education;
  • 9:30am – Keynote Address 1: How Dyslexia Can Handicap the Learning of Maths. Can we Recognise and Address the Problems? by Dr Steve Chinn, Author and International Speaker;
  • 10:05am – Keynote Address 2: The ‘Spell’ of Words by Judy Capener, British Dyslexia Association;
  • 10:40am – Break and refreshments;
  • 11:05am – Keynote Address 3: Dyslexia and Reading Comprehension – In Search of the Magic Bullet by Neil MacKay, Action Dyslexia International;
  • 11:40am – Keynote Address 4: The Bagatelle Model of SpLD – A Manifesto by Dr Ross Cooper, London South Bank University;
  • 12:10pm – Lunch;
  • 1pm – Workshops: Session 1;
  • 1:55pm Workshops: Session 2;
  • 2:40pm Break and refreshments;
  • 3pm Keynote Address 5: Thinking through How Children Learn – The Implications for Teachers by Dr Tony Eaude, University of Oxford;
  • 3:45pm Close.


The cost of the conference is £120 (inclusive of VAT). Please note, current Edge Hill University students on the Specialist Dyslexia Training for Teachers programme can attend the conference for the price of just £30 (inclusive of VAT). Limited places are available.

How to Register

Please download and complete the conference registration form and post it to:

  • Dyslexia Matters, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP

You should indicate on the booking form the two workshops that you wish to attend from the following:

  • Writing skills for reluctant writers – especially boys ‘getting it down on paper’;
  • How children learn – practical examples that may affect classroom practice
  • Working with multi-lingual learners;
  • ‘Try it Out’ an opportunity to explore multi-sensory teaching resources and strategies;
  • The Irlen® Method; A piece of the puzzle for problems of dyslexia, learning, attention, reading, comprehension, fluency, depth perception and light sensitivity;
  • Dealing with Maths Learning Difficulties. ‘Back to basics’ means learning not telling;
  • The ‘spell’ of words and Alfred the Great;
  • Why SuperReading works – building on strengths.

Confirmation of places, maps and a programme will be dispatched one month before the conference date. If you have not received your confirmation letter one week before the conference date, please phone to check we have received your registration form on +44 (0)1695 650844 or email karen.boardman@edgehill.ac.uk.

Terms and Conditions

Applications are accepted on the understanding that the applicants agree to the following booking terms and conditions.

  • All conference fees remain payable once a registration is received by Edge Hill University;
  • Edge Hill University’s terms of payment are 30 days from the date of invoice. Cancellations are not possible. A substitution may be made in the event of a withdrawal;
  • Edge Hill University reserves the right to make changes to the published programme if necessary.