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Free Online Learning Modules

New Open University Online Learning Modules

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Three free online learning modules, which support GTC Scotland Professional Standards, Professional Update and Professional Recognition, have been developed in response to Recommendations 1 and 2 of the 2014 Education Scotland Review: Making Sense of Dyslexia: Education for Children and Young People with Dyslexia in Scotland. The modules are primarily for teachers, school management and GTCS registered local authority education officers. The modules are:

  • Module 1: ‘Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice’ 
  • Module 2: 'Supporting Dyslexia, Inclusive Practice and Literacy'
  • Module 3: 'Dyslexia: Identification and Support'   

All of the modules need to be completed in order - you cannot go straight to module 2 or 3 without doing the previous one.  Please note that you need to log into OpenLearn Create before you start the modules.  

Click here to access Module 1 'Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice' 

Click here to access Module 2 'Supporting Dyslexia, Inclusive Practice and Literacy'

Click here to access Module 3 'Dyslexia: Identification and Support' 

The modules have been developed to complement the 2015 Education Scotland Route Map for Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice. They were written by the Making Sense Working Group and supported by the Opening Educational Practices Scotland Project hosted at the Open University in Scotland.

The modules are hosted on the Open University OpenLearn Create platform. Mozilla Open Badges  will be available for those completing the modules.  

Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice Module - post school

This introductory module aims to provide practitioners who work in a CLD setting (post school) with an improved awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact, how it is assessed in different contexts and how it can be supported within an inclusive learning environment.

It is anticipated that the module will take between 2 - 3 hours to complete, depending on prior knowledge and the depth of learning undertaken.

The module has been developed and written by a collaborative partnership between Education Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland and the CLD Standards Council Scotland with support from the Specific Learning Difficulties Forum. 

Please click the link below to access this course on the Open University website.  It is available to anyone to complete and is free of charge.


Aims of all four modules:

  • To inform practitioners about ways in which they might engage in meaningful career-long professional learning in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and adults
  • Provide free and accessible opportunities to engage with professional learning
  • To support deeper learning and understanding of dyslexia and inclusive practice
  • Provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their practice regarding dyslexia and inclusion
  • To encourage all teachers to be familiar with, and make appropriate use of, the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit and to encourage those working with adults to be aware of the range of resources available
  • To support teachers in achieving professional recognition for areas of enhanced accomplishment in their professional practice and to support those working with adults in their continuing professional development

Module overview

This short course is designed to provide an introduction for teachers, community educators and anyone with an interest in developing positive approaches to supporting dyslexia in their inclusive practice. This resource links to the General Council for Scotland’s Professional Standards.

This module will support a deeper understanding of dyslexia and inclusion. Module 2 has been designed to provide practitioners with a deeper understanding of:

  • Dyslexia and inclusive practice within the Scottish context of education, equality and equity
  • Dyslexia and how it is identified
  • Dyslexia, co-occurring additional support needs and inclusive practice
  • Effective communication
  • Support strategies


This module is for specialist support teachers.

Module 3 has been designed to provide practitioners with a deeper understanding and experience of:

  • Holistic and collaborative identification of dyslexia using the Pathway within the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit.
  • Appropriate support and assessment within the Scottish context
  • Enabling school communities to improve the outcomes of learners with dyslexia and associated difficulties
  • Supporting school communities to improve inclusive practice
  • Developing learner profiles to support post school transition


Please see Learning Opportunities and Resources for further suggestions of professional development materials and resources.