ONLINE Education Conference

Saturday, 1 October 2022 - 9:30am to 2:15pm
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Theme: Dyslexia - the Learning Journey

Our online Education Conference is an excellent professional learning opportunity. Dyslexia Scotland has a GTCS Professional Learning Award for the professional learning we provide for educators, including the Education Conference. 

This annual event provides an ideal opportunity for delegates to gain insights into both innovative and well-established approaches being delivered across education settings in Scotland to support dyslexic individuals, families and professionals. Our main audience for this conference is teaching and other educational staff in Scottish schools and local authorities. 

Cost: £50 members; £60 non-members.

Our keynote speeches and workshops will be pre-recorded, but delegates will have the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A session with our morning keynote speakers on the day.

To register and pay (or see info below about invoicing), please go to our Eventbrite page here

Our morning Keynote Speakers will be (biographies here):

  • Professor Amanda Kirby (Do-IT Solutions Ltd) "Dyslexia - how to know and be your best self". There is evidence that dyslexic people have a risk of lower self-esteem. By understanding the potential reasons for this, and what we know helps, we can change this perception and build confidence and greater resilience. This presentation will discuss our present understanding, and what we can do in practice to be our best selves.
  • Paul Nisbet (CALL Scotland) "How can learners reach their potential with 1:1 technology?". Learners in several areas of Scotland have been provided with personal digital devices and the Scottish Government have pledged that every pupil will have their own tablet or laptop by the end of the current Scottish parliament. The potential of 1:1 technology for learners with dyslexia is huge but a device, in itself, is of little help. This presentation will explore what else we need to put in place so that all learners can reach their potential.
  • Mike Stirling (The Beano) "SPAG L.O.L.s - Loading Laughs into Learning". How thinking ‘kid’, sharing comics, and using free Beano resources can help you build classroom confidence in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and unlock the realisation that reading can be awesome fun!

From 1:00pm until 2:00pm, you will have the opportunity to put questions to our morning speakers live.

In the afternoon (or in your own time), you will be able to get access to the six pre-recorded workshops covering the following topics:

  1. Dyscalculia and Curriculum for Excellence - Louise Bain, East Ayrshire Support Team; Maria Docherty, Education Scotland; Iona Coutts, Education Scotland
  2. Mission Superhero in Action - Sarah Switzer, Falkirk Council
  3. Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs) and dyslexia/accessibility - Fran Foreman, Education Scotland; Paul Nisbet, CALL Scotland
  4. GTCS Action Research Programme - Dawn Dickens, Professional Learning Academy, East Ayrshire Council; Louise Elliott, North Lanarkshire Council; Louise Flanagan, Glasgow City Council
  5. The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Identification Pathway - Fran Foreman, Education Scotland; Debbie Thomson, East Ayrshire Support Team; Alexandra Mackay, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  6. Dyslexia and the Classroom - Sharon Hall, Dyslexia Scotland Trainer and founder of Dyslexia Routes

Further details about the workshops can be found here.

If you have any queries about this event please email Celia Richardson, Assistant Conference Organiser at [email protected]

Promo Codes

Discount codes are available for Dyslexia Scotland Members and Branch Volunteers. When you go to page 1 of the check out, you'll see a blue 'Enter Promo Code' option above 'General Admission.' Please then add your promo code for the relevant discount and click 'Apply'.

Please note: when you register for your ticket, please ensure that the email address you provide is one that you can access outwith your school/workplace. We will use that email address to send you information on how to access the special conference day web page on the day.

If you would like to pay by invoice:

When you go to checkout, you'll see under payment method, there is an option to 'change payment method'. Once clicked, you'll see the option to 'pay by invoice'.

After you have registered on Eventbrite, you or your colleague should then email [email protected] with the following details:

1. Delegate Name.

2. Details of who in the local authority/school to send the invoice to (name, role, address).

3. The PO number, if the local authority/school is paying through the Pecos system.

Once Pauline receives your email, she will send an invoice to your school/local authority. Invoices must be paid by 31 October 2022.

Cancellation policy

Registered delegates may receive a full refund of any payment made, up to 30 days before the event. From 29 days before the event, no refunds will be made unless Dyslexia Scotland is forced to cancel the event.

Dyslexia Scotland will not accept liability for people unable to attend due to circumstances outside our control (such as illness, work or other personal commitments). As a not-for-profit charity, Dyslexia Scotland needs to ensure that we cover the running costs of delivering our conference; unfortunately this means that we are unable to reimburse attendees if they are not able to participate on the day.

Where circumstances force Dyslexia Scotland to cancel this event, the liability of Dyslexia Scotland shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid for tickets at this event only. Dyslexia Scotland is not liable for any consequential loss you may incur.

Dyslexia Scotland is a charitable organisation (SC 000951).