Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To understand Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties and the need to keep government appraised of the situation in schools, education and in general in the UK. The group will also look at what statutory and non-statutory bodies are achieving in this field. The aim is to achieve a dyslexia friendly society by enabling individuals with dyslexia to achieve their potential across all ages and sectors of society.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties

1. Specific Learning Difficulties: current understanding, support systems, and technology-led interventions
12/10/2020 - Council for Science and Technology (CST)
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Found: Technology - led Interventions for Specific Learning Difficulties Evidence reviews commissioned

2. Dr Jill Harrington - written evidence
27/11/2018 - Inquiry: Special educational needs and disabilities - Education Committee
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Found: submission. I am a parent (who has dyslexia) of a young person with dyslexia who is currently within the education

3. Mrs Julie Medhurst - written evidence
27/11/2018 - Inquiry: Special educational needs and disabilities - Education Committee
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Found: ranging in ages from 6-12, have a variety of learning needs and special or additional needs and/or disabilities-

4. British Dyslexia Association - written evidence
27/11/2018 - Inquiry: Special educational needs and disabilities - Education Committee
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Found: evidence - British Dyslexia AssociationSCN0438Written Evidence from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA)  About

5. Parental Submission 91 - written evidence
27/11/2018 - Inquiry: Special educational needs and disabilities - Education Committee
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Found: highly likely that he has severe dyslexia and other learning difficulties that was never mentioned during

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties

1. Schoolchildren: Dyslexia and Neurodiverse Conditions
04/03/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: case: I am dyslexic; I am president of the British Dyslexia Association; and I am chairman of Microlink PC - Speech Link
2: evident to all of us. Studies show that inclusive learning is beneficial to all students, not just those - Speech Link

2. Dyslexia: Disabled Students’ Allowance
13/11/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: students, including those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. DSA funding - Speech Link
2: in primary school—have received assistance for dyslexia or a SpLD condition throughout your education - Speech Link
3: expertise in this area, both as president of the dyslexia association and in other commercial interests - Speech Link
4: Question. I do not understand why people with dyslexia have to go through what essentially is a second - Speech Link
5: In a working paper in 2005, where the British Dyslexia Association was part of the consultation group - Speech Link

3. Disabled Students’ Allowance
27/02/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: candidates for higher education with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities to pay for new assessments - Speech Link
2: diagnostic assessments for students with specific learning disabilities and have sought expert advice - Speech Link
3: condition can cost up to £600. You cannot get rid of dyslexia—I know; I tried. Can the Government give us some - Speech Link
4: as I understand it, the Equality Act recognises learning disabilities and other forms of mental and physical - Speech Link
5: will look at the different types of specific learning difficulties. The right reverend Prelate will know - Speech Link

4. Disabled Students’ Allowance
14/12/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: Equality Act. Much guidance already exists on the specific duties of higher education providers under that - Speech Link
2: Education and Research Act? The Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a Route to Excellence paper - Speech Link
3: issued guidance for inclusivity across teaching, learning and assessment, and HEFCE has undertaken its own - Speech Link
4: challenges to students with disabilities such as dyslexia, low vision and blindness is the accessibility - Speech Link
5: diagnosed with dyslexia through school then has to be reassessed at university for dyslexia. Therefore, - Speech Link

5. Disabled Students’ Allowance
08/05/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: acceptable evidence for dyslexia? It seems that, despite the acknowledgement that dyslexia does not go away - Speech Link
2: from the British Dyslexia Association’s programme and its analysis of my child’s dyslexia, which we were - Speech Link
3: heading of “specific learning difficulties”. As he will know, this includes not just dyslexia but dyspraxia - Speech Link

6. Apprenticeships: Disabled Students
15/01/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: is a priority for this Government. We provide specific financial support and flexibility for apprenticeships - Speech Link
2: for that Answer. Is he aware that the British Dyslexia Association is discovering that only those who - Speech Link
3: supports available to apprentices with learning difficulties who are not necessarily on an education - Speech Link
4: apprenticeships are in many ways perfect for people with learning disabilities, because they provide a chance for - Speech Link
5: recently announced, for those with learning disabilities and difficulties, that there will be additional - Speech Link

7. Special Educational Needs and Funding
06/12/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: clear focus on literacy is helping children with dyslexia, and we are improving initial teacher training - Speech Link
2: We have also provided funding to the British Dyslexia Association to deliver training to teachers to - Speech Link

8. Special Educational Needs and Disability Funding
29/01/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: stage, particularly in relation to disability, learning disability and autism, and that means that a much - Speech Link
2: powerful points. We have all experienced the difficulties of dealing with parents and their children who - Speech Link
3: language difficulties, and that speech and language—oral communication—is the basis of all learning, whether - Speech Link
4: needs. At Chichester College, these students are learning all the skills they need in life, including healthy - Speech Link
5: be done to keep children in supportive and safe learning environments.It is also clear that the - Speech Link
6: moderate learning difficulties; Bettridge School for children with severe learning difficulties; and the - Speech Link

9. Health: Spectrum Conditions
30/10/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: identification of spectrum conditions, such as dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia, on (1) educational, and (2) - Speech Link
2: collections do not separate outcomes of dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia, so we are unable to make such an assessment - Speech Link
3: Teaching Children & Young People with Literacy Difficulties Practice Guidance, which is very similar to - Speech Link
4: people with literacy delays. On the necessity of a dyslexia diagnosis, I do not have expertise in such matters - Speech Link
5: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that dyslexia is an impairment that can result in substantial - Speech Link
6: County Council is not engaging with the British Dyslexia Association. Under the Equality Act 2010, a person - Speech Link

10. Disabled Students’ Allowance: Assistive Technology
10/12/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: published a comprehensive report, Accessible Virtual Learning Environments, aimed at assisting the Government - Speech Link
2: If there are language difficulties then students may be recommended specific types of equipment, which - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties
1. Prisoners: Disability and Special Educational Needs
asked by: Sharon Hodgson
16/09/2020
... (b) speech and language difficulties and (c) other special educational needs and disabilities.

2. Prisoners: Disability and Special Educational Needs
asked by: Sharon Hodgson
16/09/2020
... (b) speech and language difficulties and (c) other special educational needs and disabilities.

3. Prisoners: Disability and Special Educational Needs
asked by: Sharon Hodgson
16/09/2020
... (c) speech and language difficulties and (d) other special educational needs and disabilities in prisons.

4. Special Educational Needs
asked by: Lord Addington
25/10/2018
... published in February.

5. Special Educational Needs: Learning Disability
asked by: Lord Addington
01/03/2019
...To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those working in special educational needs in schools are currently required to hold the Assessment Practising Certificate or other relevant qualifications for the purposes of diagnosing dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.

Latest Questions
7 Current APPG Officers
Lord Addington Portrait
Lord Addington
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 30th July 2015
Janet Daby Portrait
Janet Daby
Vice Chair
Labour - Lewisham East
Joined: 8th April 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 5160.

Email: sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Nick Posford, British Dyslexia Association . Tel: 07884 383 202

Email: nickp@bdadyslexia.org.uk

Secretariat:

British Dyslexia Association acts as the group's secretariat. http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Group's Website:

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about/appg-dyslexia-and-spld-all-party-parliamentarygroup

Benefits in Kind
Date
24 Feb 2020
Source
British Dyslexia Association
Description
Secretariat   From : 24/02/2020 To : 23/02/2021
Value
£9,001
Date
6 Sep 2019
Source
British Dyslexia Association
Description
Secretariat   From : 06/09/2019 To : 05/09/2020
Value
£7,501
Date
6 Sep 2018
Source
British Dyslexia Association
Description
Secretariat   From : 06/09/2018 To : 05/09/2019
Value
£1,501
Date
6 Sep 2017
Source
British Dyslexia Association
Description
Secretariat   From : 06/09/2017 To : 05/09/2018
Value
£1,501
Date
7 Sep 2016
Source
Dyslexia Action
Description
Secretariat   From : 07/09/2016 To : 07/09/2017
Value
£3,001
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
Dyslexia Action
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£1,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties APPG

Former APPG Officers
Graham Evans Portrait
Graham Evans
Vice Chair
Conservative - Former Member for Weaver Vale
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Storey Portrait
Lord Storey
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Jake Berry Portrait
Jake Berry
Officer
Conservative - Rossendale and Darwen
Joined: 12th October 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
John McDonnell Portrait
John McDonnell
Officer
Labour - Hayes and Harlington
Joined: 12th October 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Corri Wilson Portrait
Corri Wilson
Officer
Scottish National Party - Former Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Oliver Colvile Portrait
Oliver Colvile
Officer
Conservative - Former Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport
Joined: 12th October 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Marie Rimmer Portrait
Marie Rimmer
Vice Chair
Labour - St Helens South and Whiston
Joined: 12th October 2016
Departed: 15th February 2017
Kelvin Hopkins Portrait
Kelvin Hopkins
Chair & Registered Contact
Independent - Former Member for Luton North
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 31st August 2016
No other APPG Memberships