Education Conference

Saturday 2 October 2021 (9:30am-2:15pm)

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​Our Education Conference provides an ideal opportunity for delegates to gain insights into both innovative and well-established approaches being delivered across education settings in Scotland to support dyslexic individuals, families and professionals. This conference will be suitable for teaching and other educational staff in Scottish schools and local authorities.

Our 2021 virtual conference will be held on Saturday 2 October 2021 (9:30am to 2:15pm). So far, we've confirmed the following information for the day:

Theme: Destination Dyslexia: a routemap

Cost: £50 members; £60 non-members

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Shirley Lawson (CALL Scotland), "The journey to trying to get it right for dyslexic learners using technology in schools" 
  • Dr Tilly Mortimore (Bath Spa University), "Adolescents with dyslexia: risk, resilience and opportunity"

Six workshops covering the following topics: 

  1. Technology and dyslexia - it's a real game changer! (Shirley Lawson, CALL Scotland)
  2. Maths and dyscalculia strategies (Laura Scott, GDSS)
  3. Spelling and phonics: primary (Hilary Aitken, City of Edinburgh Council)
  4. Spelling and phonics: secondart (Jude Durnan, City of Edinburgh Council)
  5. Recovering from the impact of the pandemic (Dr Laura-Ann Currie, Education Scotland)
  6. Co-occurring difficulties/neurodiversity (Pauline Lynch, Education Scotland)

The conference will also include a live Q&A session on Zoom from 12:45-2:00. Cathy Magee (Dyslexia Scotland CEO) will lead a Q&A session with the morning keynote speakers.  This will be followed by a Q&A session discussing 'Covid, Education and Mental Health' led by Fran Foreman of Education Scotland and Debbie Thomson of East Ayrshire Support Team. 

Further information (delegate programme, keynote biographies, workshop info and speakers) will be added to this page soon. 

Registration: Register and pay for this event on Eventbrite here:  Schools are able to pay by invoice, after a place has been booked on Eventbrite. More details about ways to pay are on the Eventbrite page.

What about costs? 
The cost of the virtual conference is £50 for members and £60 for non-members. Dyslexia Scotland is a charity and non-profit organisation. Any fees to participate in this event will be used to cover the costs related to this event, while supporting our work to improve the lives of dyslexic people in Scotland. If you wish to support our charity further and help us continue to improve the lives of dyslexic people, we'd be grateful for any donations via Just Giving. Thank you very much.

If you have any queries about the information above, please email our Education Conference Volunteer, Celia Richardson at [email protected] 


Did you miss our 2020 virtual education conference? For £30, you can now purchase a post-conference film pack featuring:  

If you would like to purchase this film pack, please email [email protected]. You'll be given information about payment options. Once you have paid, the film pack with the film links will be emailed to you.  Please note, this pack is for individual use only and must not be shared. 

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