Dyslexia diagnosis, scientific understandings, and belief in a flat Earth
Following comprehensive revision of their assessment and intervention practice guidance for with reading difficulties, Warwickshire and Staffordshire County Councils were heavily criticised in the House of Lords (30.10.18).
Despite the express intention of the authors to assist more children with difficulties, it was suggested that the practice guidance represented an attempt to reduce, rather than increase, SEN services. A statement in the guidance that a dyslexia diagnosis is "scientifically questionable" received a particularly fierce reaction. The fall-out from the Lords publicity resulted in the removal of Warwickshire CC’s practice guidance from its website and challenges in other Local Authorities.
This series of events throws up many questions about professional autonomy, the use of scientific knowledge in developing policy and practice, and the influence of lobby groups. This event has been arranged to highlight and consider some of the key issues.
Logan Hall, University College London, Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
31st January, 2019, 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Greg Brooks, Emeritus Professor, University of Sheffield (Conference Chair)
Jules Daulby (SEN consultant and former Director of Education at the Driver Youth Trust)
Julian Elliott, Professor of Educational Psychology, Durham University
Dr. Jonathan Solity, Optima Psychology
Sarah Crawford, Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist (Cognition & Learning), Warwickshire Educational Psychology Service
Jo Ward, District Senior Educational Psychologist, Staffordshire County Council