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The Dyslexia Guild Annual Summer Conference
Wednesday 28 June 2017
University of London - Student Centre, Conferences Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

Who should attend?

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 news members to our community from all settings.

Why attend?

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:

  • Hear about research and current topics from our expert speakers
  • Network with others from around the world of SpLD
  • Attend seminar sessions on specific topics
  • Visit our Dyslexia Action Shop
  • Take time out of your busy schedule to learn and reflect
  • Take home a certificate for your Continuing Professional Development

Keynote speakers and seminars

We are building the best programme for our conference and are adding to it every day, for now here is a flavour of speakers and seminars:

Our keynote conference speakers this year are:
Professor Rod Nicolson a research specialist in the fields of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience based in the Psychology Department at the University of Sheffield. Rod is a prolific researcher and author who gained his PhD on Learning at the University of Cambridge. His inter-disciplinary research highlights the value of brain-based diagnostic techniques to the understanding and treatment of learning disorders. His recent book Positive Dyslexia applies the insight of psychology to assist those with dyslexia to find and build upon their work strengths, cognitive strengths and social strengths.

Rod has published numerous research articles and book chapters on dyslexia and developmental learning disorders and has co-developed a number of screening tests including the Dyslexia Early Screening Test, the Dyslexia Screening Test and the Dyslexia Adult Screening Test.

Dyslexia: Developing the Debate is the recent joint publication by Professor Rod Nicolson and Professor Julian Elliott, and one of the Key Debates in Educational Policy series from Bloomsbury. In this publication Elliott affirms his position, stating that following four decades of research: “ … the dyslexia label is once again being challenged… (because) there continues to be no value in a diagnosis for the purposes of treatment or intervention, and no justification to favour resourcing for dyslexic over other poor readers.” (Elliott and Nicolson p.115 -116). Nicolson provides sound, contradictory and well-supported evidence, building a picture of need for those with dyslexia that can be met through positive support and appropriately timed intervention.  It is a fascinating and informative debate and one to be continued at this year’s Guild Conference with Rod Nicolson presenting.


Dr Carla Finesilver a Lecturer in ­­­Mathematics Education at King’s College, University of London.
Her research interests include the education of individuals with additional or divergent learning needs; Special Educational Needs, disabilities, atypical neurocognitive development, and other intersecting disadvantages, particularly where these cause mathematics-specific difficulties. Her doctoral thesis was a prize-winning study combining practitioner-based fieldwork with case studies and multimodal analysis. 

Afternoon Parallel sessions include (but are not limited to):

James Smith-Spark, London South Bank University
Memory for delayed intentions
Dr Anna Smith, Kings College London and Dyslexia Action 
Sian Rees and Janet Desmet, Dyslexia Action 
Access Arrangements Workshop


Download the Agenda and other useful information here

Conference Presentations.


    Details of the venue can be found here


    Please note the conference for 2017 is now fully booked £108* (incs. VAT) Guild Member Standard Rate 
    £126* (incs.VAT) Non Member Standard Rate 

    *Please note that there will be an additional £25 plus VAT admin charge if you do not pay by a credit or debit card at the time of registration.

    Become a member of The Dyslexia Guild

    Guild membership offers numerous benefits, including post nominals (letters after your name), online forums, topical journal, e-newsletter and online library with e-books and e-journals. 

    Terms and conditions click here


    You are required to source your own overnight accommodation if you need to stay overnight.  The details for the venue are: Malet Street, London, WC1E7HY.  The following links may be useful:

    Trip Advisor


    Visit our Dyslexia Action Shop which will be present at the conference.
    Exhibitors will be by invitation only.  If you have further queries please email us.


    Contact us

    For more information please email us or call 01784 222342.

    Please note Dyslexia Guild and Dyslexia Action Training is not affected by the news that on Thursday 13 April 2017 RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP were appointed as administrators of Dyslexia Institute Limited t/a Dyslexia Action. 

    The Dyslexia Guild is our membership body which aims to promote discussion, information and research, and be a ‘one-stop shop’ for latest developments in the sector.