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Annual Summer Conference – The Dyslexia Guild

Our 2019 Guild Annual Summer Conference will be held on Thursday 20th June at Student Central, University of London.

Who should attend and Why?

The Dyslexia Guild welcomes all those with a professional interest in dyslexia and SpLD, including specialist teachers and assessors, psychologists, learning support tutors and assistants. Guild members enjoy a preferential rate and we welcome new members to our community from all settings.

Our conference provides, as always, a great opportunity to meet and network with dyslexia/SpLD specialists. The conference enables practitioners to hear expert views and examine current topical issues relating to literacy and dyslexia/SpLD in a warm and vibrant conference setting.

  • Receive a discount on your place at the conference as a Guild member
  • Hear about research and current topics from our expert speakers
  • Network with others from around the world of SpLD
  • Visit our Dyslexia Action Shop
  • Take time out of your busy schedule to learn and reflect and take home a certificate for your Continuing Professional Development (5 hours)

Conference programme

Our programme includes, but is not limited to:

  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Jeff Bowers PhD.
    Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.
    Is systematic phonics better than whole language and literacy? Alternative approaches to reading
    instruction?
    There is an overwhelming consensus in the research community that systematic phonics is best
    practice for early reading instruction in English. I will review the data in some detail and show that
    the current evidence does not support this conclusion.
  • Speaker: David Galbraith
    Lecturer in Psychology at University of Southampton.
    Psychology of Adult Writing
    David’s research interests are in the psychology of writing and the development of understanding
    through writing. This involves basic research into the cognitive and social processes involved in
    writing, and is focused on the development of a dual process model of writing. Insights from this
    model are applied to research into the teaching of writing, the use of writing as a tool for learning,
    the effects of dyslexia on writing and the therapeutic effects of expressive writing.
  • Session Speaker: Arran Smith
    Microsoft UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant
    Arran classes himself as one of the 4% of the population as a severely dyslexic adult.
    This session is provided with support from Microsoft and demonstrates how empowering every
    person with inbuilt Assistive Technology can better support students with Dyslexia and SpLD as well as providing a range of valuable tools for all learners.

Conference Timings 

  • Thursday 20th June 2019, 10.00am to 4.30pm (registration from 9.00am, includes conference, lunch and refreshments)

Useful Information

  • Download our useful information guide here

How to book and Fees

Early Bird Offers

Guild members – £99+VAT * early bird member price (early bird closes 28th April), thereafter £125+VAT (includes conference, lunch and refreshments):

Non-Guild members£125+VAT ** early bird member price (early bird closes 28th April), thereafter £150+VAT (includes conference, lunch and refreshments):

*  payments not made online by debit or credit card at time of online registration are subject to a £25 plus VAT charge.
** non-members join the guild today before signing up for the conference and book the conference at the member rate.

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How to get there

Venue: University of London, Student Central
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY


Previous Conference information

You can see the programme brochure from our Summer 2018 conference here. Guild members can access the 2018 conference papers from this event on the Guild Member’s website.

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