Short courses


Professional Learning Network in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

  • 2 hours per session
  • 3 sessions per year


The Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) professional learning network (PLN) is for specialist teachers in literacy and dyslexia. Alumni students from the SpLd (dyslexia) Master's programme are particularly welcome.

The PLN meets once a term and is made up of like-minded colleagues seeking to develop and exchange professional expertise

Attending these sessions will help you keep up to date with the latest research in literacy difficulties, dyslexia and related subjects.

This network is run by the Centre for Inclusive Education at IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society.

Who it's for

The PLN is open to all interested education professionals and practitioners.

It's aimed at:

  • specialist teachers in literacy and dyslexia
  • alumni students from the SpLD (dyslexia) Master's programme

Structure and content

The PLN meets once a term. Participation in the network is for a year.

The network is self-steering and led by member practitioners in order to ensure the direction reflects the needs and interests of the members.

You're encouraged to bring along case studies that focus on children struggling with literacy and examples of good practice.

A member of staff from the Centre for Inclusive Education will also join the group to support facilitation and link with IOE researchers that members may wish to invite to speak with the group.

The introduction of the revised SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years in September 2015 has significant implications for schools and it's anticipated that this may be an area of focus for the group.

The Centre for Inclusive Education

The work of the Centre for Inclusive Education spans all areas of special educational needs (SEN) and inclusion, the education of vulnerable children, school improvement and evidence-informed practice. It trains and supports educational practitioners through a range of accredited courses and a continuing professional development programme.

The SENJIT programme, run by the Centre, combines continuing professional development and learning taught courses with professional learning networks, where participants share learning, research and experience.

By becoming a SENJIT member, you'll benefit from the work done by experts in the field of developmental psychology and education in a world-leading centre for education and social research. Find out more on the Centre's website.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00