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Documents on policy and background information

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These documents on policy and background information, which include a number of Skills for Life (English, maths and ESOL) policies on the Excellence Gateway, can inform and support your strategy for learning support and dyslexia.

Disability discrimination and equality legislation

Policy and practice across a range of contexts - FE, ACL, workplace, offender

Please note, this report includes excellent headline messages for providers for adult learners with dyslexia; "Expertise not sufficiently shared"... "small numbers benefit"... "inequalities are stark."

See Appendix 2 of the report for an excellent overview of the national legislative and policy framework up to 2006.

This publication is for practitioners and managers working with people with learning difficulties in FE colleges, adult and community learning services, work-based learning and voluntary sector organisations. It provides information about the supported employment process and how this can be embedded in vocational training and courses.

There are action plans to accompany the book.

Reviews of practice and guidance

“...rare to find education provision equivalent to 25 hours over five days for a college course for young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities.”
(paragraph 12 )

“Past the age of 16, young people with learning difficulties or disabilities comprise one of the groups most likely not to be in education, employment or training.”
(paragraph 12)

This report stresses the importance of young people achieving English and maths at A* - C.

Factors covered include: shared vision; collaboration; greater involvement of employers; more rigorous analysis of data; not enough vocational learning and employment opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities after they reached the age of 16.

Case studies

  • Ofsted (2011) Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities: Through 111 detailed case studies, inspectors assessed the effectiveness of provision in enabling learners to develop greater independence, and progress to further learning or open or supported employment.

  • Ofsted’s website features good practice case studies showcasing outstanding provision, which offers providers insight into different successful practices. Some case studies feature learners, including some with dyslexia, who are not ready to face the world of work due to learning difficulties, difficult social needs or low self-esteem and confidence.


Type ‘dyslexia publications research / background’ into a search engine to find publications about the background, research into and approaches to dyslexia. One such recent example of a useful publication is indicated below.

  • Wolf, M (2010) 'Proust and the Squid'.  Cambridge, Icon Books Ltd; The story and science of the reading brain. History of reading and why the millisecond delay in processing linguistic information amongst dyslexic people is such a barrier to learning.