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Dyslexia Guild Membership and Designatory letters

We are pleased to announce that in addition to your Dyslexia Guild membership we are also offering our members designatory letters in recognition of their qualifications and professional status.

The majority of Guild members are either specialist teachers holding a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia/SpLD or specialist teacher/assessors holding a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia/SpLD.
Our post-nominal letters will designate them as either Associate Members or Members of the Guild and they will confer the letters ADG or MDG respectively.

The membership grades will also recognise aspiring members and encourage them to join and benefit from the inspirational networking community and the organisation’s member benefits.

Many Dyslexia Guild members also have years of post-qualification professional experience in the field of dyslexia/SpLD and this will be recognised, on presentation of the appropriate evidence, by election to Fellowship of the Dyslexia Guild (FDG).

If you are a current guild member who has not yet updated your qualifications click here.  We will then invite existing members who wish to upgrade, to do so in the following months. 

Affiliate Member

Affiliate Members do not have Guild designatory letters after their name. Affiliate Members confirm their ongoing commitment to Continuing Professional Development in the field of dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and will have met one of the following criteria:

  • Are working in a relevant educational setting and are gaining suitable experience in the field of dyslexia/SpLD
  • Have an interest in the work of the Dyslexia Guild and wish to progress through the grades of membership
  • Are a student on a relevant training programme in Dyslexia/SpLD
  • Are a staff member of Dyslexia Action and do not require professional membership

Equivalence on the Literacy and Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Professional Development Framework is Stage 2 Targeted:

  • Stage 3 Targeted Strategic

Example roles: SEN Teacher, SENCo, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, FE/HE Support Assistant, Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist.

Reduced Member Benefits:

  • Electronic access only to: Dyslexia Review, Guild Gallery and the Library (National Training Resource Centre)

NB. Affiliate members who wish to access full membership benefits (I.e Physical library access) may do so at the full rate but will not gain designatory letters without meeting the relevant criteria.

Associate member (ADG)

Associate Members hold the Guild designatory letters ADG (Associate of the Dyslexia Guild). Associate Members will commit to the Dyslexia Guild Code of Practice and will have met the following criteria:

Qualifications: 

  • will have a Level 7 (UK HE Framework) Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia/SpLD that confers qualified specialist teacher  status (ATS/APS) or equivalent, plus a degree, or equivalent comparable qualification, from a recognised UK or International educational establishment
  • or have a Level 5 Diploma in Dyslexia/SpLD that confers qualified specialist teacher (ATS/APS) or equivalent and evidenced post qualification specialist teaching experience

    NB: Accreditation of Prior Learning: may be given where professionals have significant study skills support experience and hold other recognised qualifications in the field of student support.

Educational Experience:

  • Will have at least two years (pre or post qualification) full time equivalent experience as a qualified teacher, or HE/FE support assistant or other relevant professional role (e.g. Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist)

Equivalence on the Literacy and Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Professional Development Framework:

  • Stage 4 Specialist

Equivalence on the Non Medical Help (NMH) roles - DSA-QAG

  • Band 4 Specialist one-to-one study skills support (SpLD)

For more information regarding the NMH requirements, please see 
PDF icon NMH DSA QAG_Dyslexia Action Information Guide 5.pdf

If you are unsure if you current level of qualifications are eligible please email copies of your certificates, C.V. and a covering note - guild@dyslexiaaction.org.uk 

Example roles: Specialist Teacher of Literacy and dyslexia/SpLD and Specialist Advisory Teacher of Literacy and dyslexia/SpLD

Continuing Professional Development:

  • Have shown evidence of an ongoing commitment to their personal professional development through recent and relevant CPD

Member (MDG)

Members hold the Guild designatory letters MDG (Member of the Dyslexia Guild). Members will commit to the Dyslexia Guild Code of Practice and will have met the following criteria:

Qualifications:

  • will have a Level 7 (UK HE Framework) Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Dyslexia/SpLD that confers qualified specialist teacher/assessor status plus a degree, or equivalent comparable qualification, from a recognised UK or International educational establishment. Specialist assessor qualifications should have been accredited at level 7 by the BDA and/or the SpLD Assessment Steering Committee (SASC) or a suitable equivalent in the case of international applicants.

Educational Experience:

  • Will have at least four years of referenced full-time equivalent experience as a qualified teacher, or HE/FE support assistant or other relevant professional role (e.g. Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist)
  • or will have at least one year of referenced full time equivalent experience as a qualified specialist assessor in mainstream education or HE/FE support settings
  • Will hold an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) where required by their role

Equivalence on the Literacy and Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Professional Development Framework:

  • Stage 5 Specialist Complex

Example Roles: Specialist Teacher/Assessor; Advisory Specialist Teacher/Assessor; Postgraduate or CPD Tutor dyslexia/SpLD

Continuing Professional Development:

  • Will provide evidence on request of an ongoing commitment to their personal professional development through recent and relevant CPD.
  • Will ensure that their assessment practice is informed by recent and relevant CPD that will update their professional knowledge and application in a professional context

Fellow (FDG)

Fellows hold the Guild designatory letters FDG (Fellow of the Dyslexia Guild). Fellows will commit to the Dyslexia Guild Code of Practice and will have met the following criteria:

Qualifications:

  • will have a Level 7 (UK HE Framework) Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Dyslexia/SpLD that confers qualified specialist teacher/assessor status plus a degree, or equivalent comparable qualification, from a recognised UK or International educational establishment.

Educational Experience:

  • Will have at least seven years of referenced full time equivalent experience as a qualified specialist teacher/ assessor Dyslexia/SpLD and be working as a qualified teacher, or HE/FE support assistant or other relevant professional role (e.g. Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist)
  • Will have at least four years of post-qualification referenced full time equivalent experience as a qualified assessor in mainstream education or HE/FE support settings.
  • Will hold an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) where required by their role.

Equivalence on the Literacy and Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Professional Development Framework:

  • Stage 5 Specialist Complex

Example Roles: Specialist Teacher/Assessor; Dyslexia/SpLD Advisor; Dyslexia/SpLD Trainer; Postgraduate or CPD Tutor dyslexia/SpLD

Continuing Professional Development:

  • Will provide detailed evidence of an ongoing commitment to their personal professional development through recent and relevant CPD as a part of their Fellowship application.
  • Will ensure that their assessment practice is informed by recent and relevant CPD that will update their professional knowledge and application in a professional context.
  • Will commit to a mentoring role to aspiring specialist teachers and assessors in their professional working capacity.

If you meet the above requirements as outlined for Fellow membership then we invite you to apply here
The cost is £120.

Other Dyslexia Guild membership types on offer

  • A Group Membership Scheme for educational establishments who wish to offer a group membership to four staff on an Affiliate basis
  • A Business Affiliate Scheme for recognised providers of educational materials who wish to endorse and support the work of the Dyslexia Guild

Contact us

For more information please email us or call 01784 222342.