Initial Teacher Training Campaign

The BDA has launched a campaign and would like your help. Please read the following information which can also be found on their website

‘One in ten people have dyslexia and many of these go undiagnosed and unrecognised. Often this is because teachers lack the skills to identify and support children who are dyslexic and need to be diagnosed or given extra support. To help this a government report (The Rose Review (2009)) recommended that Initial Teacher Training (ITT) should include Dyslexia/SpLD. However, there is currently no mandatory minimum level of Dyslexia/SpLD training that the Initial Teacher Training course providers must deliver.

The BDA is campaigning to remedy this. In order to do this we have set up a petition on the government petition website stating that there should be a compulsory module on Dyslexia. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures then this issue will be debated in the House of Commons.

The petition only runs for a year so every signature counts, your signature could make a difference enabling teacher to help hundreds of thousands of dyslexic pupils. We believe that dyslexic children have just as much of a right to education by teachers that understand them and their condition as any other child.

We hope that you feel the same, if you do then please take a moment to sign our petition at

Many thanks for your help in supporting our cause’.



How do I sign the petition?

We understand that sometimes these petitions can be confusing so we’ve designed a handy step-by-step guide to help you.

1) Enter the following address into the address bar at the top of your web browser.
2) Click the purple “sign this petition” button.
3) Fill in your details; name, address, email address etc. The purpose of this information is to verify that you’re a real person and only signing the petition once.
4) Fill in the reCapticha box with whatever words you see displayed in the box. Again, this is to prove that you’re a human being and not a computer program generating false signatures.
5) Check the “agree to terms and conditions” box.
6) Click the purple “sign this petition” box.
7) You’ll now receive an email asking you to confirm that you did indeed sign the petition.

Congratuations, you’ve now completed all the steps to sign our petition!

Thank you very much.