Limespring School

OCR Level 5

OCR level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

This well recognised qualification provides Continuing Professional Development for teachers working with specific learning difficulties affecting the acquisition of literacy and numeracy.  It is suitable for SENCO’s, Learning Support Teachers, classroom teachers and graduate teaching assistants wishing to develop specialist skills and knowledge in this area.

Candidates will attend lectures and seminars at Limespring School in East Finchley one evening a week from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.  Kevin Smith and Denise Drinkwater are the two lead tutors and information about them is listed below.  A lead psychologist will also contribute to the course. The majority of lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials will be conducted by Kevin Smith and/or Denise Drinkwater.

Candidates are required to teach a student with literacy difficulties for 12 hours; and a student with literacy and numeracy difficulties for 6 hours. Teaching can take place in candidates’ own schools as part of their normal work, or privately.

Candidates will be assessed teaching their students, usually by a videoed lesson submitted by the candidate. Candidates must gather a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates knowledge of SEN legislation and the roles of Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists.

The portfolio must also demonstrate skills in identifying and assessing students with Specific Learning Difficulties, planning teaching programmes, delivering and evaluating lessons, as well as reflection on the candidate’s own performance. There are formal guidelines to follow in order to achieve the qualification.

The course runs over an academic year. The cost of the course is £3,500. It covers OCR fees, lectures and seminars, plus tutorial support and assessment of the candidate’s work over three terms. Candidates are invited to spend a morning at Limespring School observing specialist teachers deliver literacy and numeracy to children with dyslexia.

Limespring School is one of two centres in London to offer this course. The course draws upon the experience of two centres of excellence – Limespring school with its ethos and focus on motivating its students to succeed; Partners in Education with years of training experience and knowledge.

You can obtain full details of the course by visiting the website quoting QCA accreditation number: 100/3141/18


Kevin Smith MA (Dyslexia Studies), PGC in Assessment of SpLD, PGCFE, PGCHE, BA (Hons)

Kevin is a dyslexic person himself.  He was diagnosed as a child by Beve Hornsby  who was one of the early pioneers of dyslexia teaching in the UK. He attended Frewen College Dyslexic Boarding School.  He was the Director of Training for the Dyslexia Association of Singapore for 9  years and ran similar training diploma courses in Singapore, as well as an MA in Dyslexia for teachers in Singapore.  He has presented at many international conferences on Dyslexia.  Kevin has had the opportunity to work with many of the leading practitioners in the field including Steve Chinn (expert on maths and dyslexia), Angela Fawcett, (one of the leading psychologists to offer a causal theory of Dyslexia), the late Bob Burden (leading research of motivation and dyslexia), and David Pollak (an expert on adult dyslexia).

Kevin has an MA in dyslexia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Assessing Students for Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia.  Currently he is completing a Phd in Dyslexia.

Kevin works at Westminster School in London and for The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS).

Telephone or contact:

020 8444 1387

If you wish to speak to the course tutor please phone 07938 939892, or email