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9.30-15.30 (full day)
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Supporting learners with dyslexia in mainstream classrooms: a seminar with Moira Thomson MBE

All teachers should have 'core knowledge' of dyslexia characteristics in order to help them to make adjustments to their practice that will prevent discrimination and substantial disadvantage. 

This seminar, led by experienced educational consultant, Moira Thomson MBE, will improve practitioners’ understanding of dyslexia and offer practical approaches to help support dyslexic learners and allow them to fulfil their potential. 

Key learning: 

  • Characteristics of dyslexia and how these may manifest in an inclusive classroom 
  • Barriers to learning commonly experienced by learners with dyslexia 
  • Dyslexia-friendly approaches to remove common barriers to learning 
  • Identifying and meeting individual dyslexic learners’ needs 
  • Other specific learning difficulties whose characteristics overlap/co-occur with dyslexia 
  • Using the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit. 

Facilitator bio

Moira Thomson MBE

Moira Thomson managed a team of specialist SfL teachers and classroom/learning support assistants for many years at Broughton High School, Edinburgh.  She was a City of Edinburgh Council, education development officer and in-house CPD provider with a focus on policy and provision for dyslexic learners and the education of Gifted and Talented pupils.  She was concurrently an HMIE Associate Assessor and an Associate Tutor for the Scottish Network for Able Pupils based at the University of Glasgow.  As secretary of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Dyslexia she was a member of the advisory group that developed the Scottish Government’s working definition of dyslexia.  

She is currently an independent adjudicator for the Scottish Government’s Additional Support Needs dispute resolution and is chair of Dyslexia Scotland South East, leading a team of volunteers in support of local children and adults with dyslexia – for which she was recently awarded an MBE.

Publications include Supporting Gifted and Talented Pupils at Secondary School (Sage), Supporting Students with dyslexia at Secondary (Routledge) and a series of 25 booklets for secondary teachers – Supporting Dyslexic Learners in the Secondary Curriculum – first published by Dyslexia Scotland, 2016 revised edition due out shortly in e-book format.