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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.
    The evidence for systematic phonics is weak: We need to start exploring alternative approaches.
    There is an overwhelming consensus in the research community that systematic phonics is best practice for early reading instruction in English. Jeff will review the data in some detail and show that the current evidence does not support this conclusion.
  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Robert Savage.
    Head of Psychology and Human Development at UCL Institute of Education.
    New ways to support struggling readers: Evidence from some recent interventions.
    Rob will present data on the effects of three theory-driven interventions in grades 1, 2, and 3.  In each case he evaluated experimenter-delivered, small group word reading programs among at-risk poor readers of regular schools versus controls. Study 1 explored  Direct Mapping and Set-for-Variability (DMSfV); Study 2 evaluated the impact of teaching complex grapheme–phoneme correspondences derived from a ‘Simplicity Principle’; Study 3 contrasted Structured Word Inquiry, an approach that connects orthographic morphology to phonology and word knowledge in the teaching of literacy in Grade 3 poor readers. In each case, the interventions produced measurable value added over matched controls.
  • Speaker: David Galbraith
    Lecturer in Psychology at University of Southampton.
    The Psychology of Adult Writing.
    David will give a brief overview of research on the psychology of writing, and then focus on the dual-process theory of writing, which claims that writing involves two conflicting processes and suggests that these can be resolved by a reverse-outlining strategy. He will describe the results of some recent research that he and his colleagues have carried out comparing the writing processes of adults with and without dyslexia.  He will conclude by discussing some of the questions raised by this research for the teaching of 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.
  • Assessment Practising Certificate Update SessionThis session will be led by Dr Mark Turner and Dr Anna Smith, our Dyslexia Guild representatives on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). An update will be provided on the latest SASC information and this will be followed by a question and answer session which will provide an opportunity to find out more about requirements for both current and aspiring APC holders.

Conference Timings 

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

Useful Information


How to book and Fees

Guild members – £125+VAT (includes conference, lunch and refreshments):

Non-Guild members – £150+VAT (includes conference, lunch and refreshments):

payments only accepted online by debit or credit card at time of registration.
** non-members join the guild today before signing up for the conference and book the conference at the member rate.

Bookings are now closed for this event.


Terms and Conditions

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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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