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  Patoss: Professional Association for teachers and assessors of students with SpLDs - Patoss  

Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)

Helping all those concerned with the teaching and support of individuals with SpLD: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, dyscalculia and Asperger’s syndrome. Patoss is the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). Patoss can help you gain and further your knowledge, skills and understanding of how you might recognise someone with such difficulties and how you can help to support them.

1 in 10 people may well have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD. In the light of this, it is so important for all

             teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs in schools

             tutors and managers in continuing education

             employers and other professionals working with adults

to know about and understand the impact of these specific difficulties on literacy, learning and everyday life.

Membership of Patoss can help you in your day-to-day work by certifying your ability in assessment and teaching. They offer two important ways for you to demonstrate your professional knowledge and competence in assessment, teaching and SpLD: Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) and the Teaching Practising Certificate (TPC). The APC is essential for specialist teachers carrying out assessments for eligibility for the Disabled Student Allowance. Holding an APC is also considered good practice for specialist teachers who assess at other levels. The TPC is an award for those keen to demonstrate that they are active, specialist teachers with relevant practical experience.

Patoss runs a range of SASC-approved CPD events and an annual conference with important keynote speakers and a mix of practical workshops to help you update your skills. The Patoss Bulletin is packed with articles from researchers and practitioners giving a lively mix of news from the cutting edge of research and meaningful, hands-on guidance. Patoss is well regarded by Government departments and other agencies enabling them to become involved in the latest consultations on matters affecting individuals with SpLD. Patoss publishes its own books on dyslexia and assessment as well as free downloadable information sheets. Patoss has over 20 local groups offering great networking opportunities, talks and events.

PATOSS aims:

                    to establish and maintain the professional status of those qualified to teach students with specific learning difficulties;

                    to promote the continued provision and development of appropriate specialist qualifications in the teaching of students with SpLD;

                    to enable members to update and extend their knowledge and skills and to exchange ideas through an annual conference, bulletins and local groups;

                    to promote fuller understanding and recognition of SpLD;

                    to promote links with teachers working with SpLD students in all sectors of education;

                    to promote links with other professionals involved in the field of SpLD;

                    to give a professional corporate response to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) on matters affecting SpLD students; and

                    to maintain a register of the members of the association.

PATOSS offers:

                    links with other professionals;

                    opportunities to keep in touch with recent research, and to exchange knowledge and experience;

                    a range of publications;

                    reduced fees for PATOSS national conferences and local events; 

                    a growing network of local groups; and

                    different levels of insurance including professional indemnity (details on application).

More details about PATOSS as well as information sheets can be found at the PATOSS website: www.patoss-dyslexia.org


  Tel:    01386 712650
Web: http://www.patoss-dyslexia.org
Email: patoss@sworcs.ac.uk
Fax:   01386 712716


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