Editor's comments

Teachers can expect to have dyslexic students in their classes from time to time. We hope this guide will prepare teachers to work with these students to help them achieve highly. 


The evidence about effective interventions here does not seem culturally specific. Teachers are advised to try different pedagogical interventions to find what suits individual students.

Strength of evidence

This Guide is the best advice from the British Dyslexia Association. The research evidence is that people with dyslexia can achieve highly with appropriate support which is why this Guide is so important. There are different views about appropriate interventions and we welcome the inclusion of alternative viewpoints if they are backed up by evidence. 

Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Dyslexia and Dyscalculia MESHGuides are available here:



BDA and DA projects

For information about ongoing and completed projects to support dyslexic children and adults see:

BDA projects


DF schools

Exam provisions

Children and young people in the UK who are identified as having SEN or SpLD are entitled to access arrangements and reasonable adjustments during exams. These adjustments range from additional time in exams to the provision of a scribe/reader or computer based assistance.

Details of these adjustments are published each year by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and are freely available online.


Professional training courses

Teachers who are interested in becoming a specialist dyslexia teacher or dyslexia assessor can find information about training courses and professional accreditation on the BDA and Helen Arkell websites.


Continuing Professional Development

The Literacy and Dyslexia-SpLD Professional Development Framework is a free to use online tool which is designed to act as a ‘road-map’ of the levels of knowledge and skills required across the education workforce to support all learners with dyslexia/SpLD. It can be used as a self-assessment tool to identify areas for professional development, and/or as a resource base to suggest materials for you and your educational setting. Materials include:


Top tips for teachers

Everyone will have their own favourite top tips, but those listed on page 32 of the abridged Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide, from Leicester City Council, have been tried and tested, so we know they work!

The following sites also provide some useful tips:-




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