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Cognition and learning links and resources

Literacy and dyslexia

Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) : a suite of training materials for schools to increase their knowledge and skill around difficulties with Literacy and Dyslexia.

British Dyslexia Association : information for parents and professionals

Made By Dyslexia a global charity run by adults with dyslexia which addresses perceptions of dyslexia and explores the ‘differences in dyslexic thinking’.

See Dyslexia Differently : an animation developed by the British Dyslexia Association.

Dyslexia-SpLD Trust Framework: information on The Literacy and Dyslexia-SpLD Professional Development Framework

Dyslexia Scotland: various resources can be found here including the Dyslexia Toolkit for teachers.

Helen Arkell Materials: a range of ‘Teaching for Dyslexia’ videos

Daily use of well researched, evidence based programmes for reading or spelling, e.g. Letters and Sounds, Read Write Inc.,

The Education Endowment Foundation contains guidance reports with clear and actionable recommendations for teachers to support literacy. Kelly, K and Phillips S. (2018) “Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia,” London: Sage

Speech and Language Checklists:

Universally Speaking : A summary of the ages and stages of young people’s communication development from 11 to 18.

Ipad Apps for:

Resources from Bradford Schools Online.


Dyscalculia Resources

  • Standards Unit Dyscalculia resource. Improving Learning in Mathematics. Challenges and Strategies. 
  • Ronit Bird: information on numeracy for children who have dyscalculia, dyslexia and other specific difficulties.

Relevant numeracy information, assessments & links

  • The Sandwell Early Numeracy Test KS2-KS3 (SENT-KS2); The Sandwell Early Numeracy Test – Revised SENT-R OFSTED (2013).
  • BEAM Diagnostic Interviews in Number Sense Denvir, M. and Bibby, T. (2004)
  • Effective Numeracy Support that makes a Difference. Case Study: New College, Durham. Available online.; Swan, M. (2005).
  • Emerson, J., & Babtie, P. (2013). The Dyscalculia Assessment 2nd Edition. Bloomsbury
  • Emerson, J., & Babtie, P. (2014). The Dyscalculia Solution. Bloomsbury
  • Butterworth, B. & Yeo, D. (2004) Dyscalculia Guidance. David Fulton Publishers
  • Bird, R. (2007). The Dyscalculia Toolkit. SAGE
  • Emerson, J., & Babtie, P. (2015) Understanding Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties. Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Moorcroft, P. (2014) It Just Doesn’t Add Up. Tarquin Group
  • Babtie, P. (2017) 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers- Numeracy Difficulties and Dyscalculia. Bloomsbury
  • Babtie, P. & Dillon, S. (2019) 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers- Supporting Students with Numeracy Difficulties. Bloomsbury
  • Bird, R. (2017) The Dyscalculia Resource Book 2nd Edition. SAGE
  • Bird, R. (2009) Overcoming Difficulties with Number. SAGE

Developmental Coordination Difficulties


  • Alloway, T. (2019) How Can I Remember All That? Jessica Kingsley Publishers


DfE: “Understanding Neurodiversity: A Guide to Specific Learning Differences” This booklet contains a brief overview of the most commonly occurring specific learning differences.

Last updated 30 September 2020

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