GMLPF funds online screening tool to help identify dyslexic students

GMLPF is funding a free online screening tool to help identify dyslexic students. Dyslexia Check is a collaboration between the international charity, Dyslexia Foundation, and Liverpool-based training provider tpm, both pioneers in the field of dyslexia identification and support. tpm, one of GMLPF’s longest standing members, is arguably Merseyside’s leading training provider in this arena. The new service is funded and supported by the GMLPF Challenge Fund, a £200K initiative to support skills development across Liverpool City region.

Specialist support

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK have dyslexia, with many going through life undiagnosed. Individuals who do not have their dyslexia diagnosed miss out on specialist support which can enable them to overcome barriers to personal and professional success.

Reliable, on-demand service

Dyslexia Check provides learning providers with a reliable, on-demand service to screen students for the condition. Once identified, learning providers can then draw up a schedule of appropriate support that will enable their dyslexic students to achieve their full potential.

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF comments:

“GMLPF is very pleased to be funding tpm to undertake this project. The aim of the GMLPF Challenge Fund is to support projects that enable experts like tpm to hone their expertise to make a positive difference.

“Equality of opportunity is a vital feature of our region’s training infrastructure. But many dyslexic students still go undiagnosed. This is why we’re supporting tpm‘s online facility that allows the condition to be identified, so students can go on to access the resources they are entitled to and the support they need to achieve their full potential.”

Dyslexia Check is in the first instance available exclusively to training providers who are contracted with GMLPF to deliver the Key 2 Apprenticeship programme. Other training providers who are interested in accessing the service should contact [email protected]


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Dyslexia Foundation chair appointment for tpm director

Brian Quinn, director of GMLPF member, tpm has been appointed chair of the Dyslexia Foundation.

tpm and the Dyslexia Foundation have been collaborating and sharing best practice for over a decade. The Foundation is a leading authority on dyslexia and inclusion, and an invaluable resource for tpm whose priority is to support young people into employment through programmes like Apprenticeships.

Success rates

Currently, almost 90% of tpm students with dyslexia and other learning differences achieve their qualifications. This figure exceeds the success rates for tpm students without learning differences which reflects the organisational emphasis on supporting these young people.

Brian explains the significance of tpm’s collaboration with The Dyslexia Foundation:

Organisational culture

“Up to 25% of the young people recruited onto our training programmes are dyslexic. Our organisational culture is such that we insist on providing them, like all our students, with everything they need to fully develop their skills and potential. But we can’t do this on our own. The relationship we enjoy with the Dyslexia Foundation provides us with the insight, best practice and knowledge to enable us to meet our students’ needs as effectively as possible.

“Working with agencies like Dyslexia Foundation is an approach tpm embraces, particularly in areas as important as supporting students with learning difference. It gives us access to expertise which consistently raises the bar of best practice within tpm, and in turn nurtures inclusiveness which benefits our students.”

Transition into employment

tpm works with the Dylexia Foundation to support young people with dyslexia as they transition into employment through apprenticeships. This collaboration has been highlighted by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in a video case study, and recently cited in The International Dyslexia Association publication, Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Fall Edition.

GMLPF Challenge Fund

Brian takes up the position of chair at the Foundation after a year serving as a trustee on the Board. The announcement of his appointment coincides with the success of tpm’s bid for funding from the GMLPF Challenge Fund to run a project which will enable more learning providers to identify and support students with dyslexia.

Ex apprentice Daniel, now manager

Apprenticeship leads to management success

Daniel Callister is clear proof that an apprenticeship is an ideal foundation for a very successful career.

Daniel completed an intermediate and then an advanced apprenticeship in childcare with Liverpool learning provider, tpm in 2007. As a 17-year old apprentice, he was employed by Upton Day Nursery. Now age 27, he has just been promoted to manager of their new centre in Widnes and is very proud of the bright, spacious and well-equipped nursery he is charge of.


Daniel has dyslexia and technology has played an important part in overcoming this barrier to learning. Demonstrating an award-winning application ‘2 build a profile’ on his iPad, Dan explains:

“Technology has enabled me to access learning and helped my progression from apprenticeship to higher level qualifications. It’s vital to work responsibly with technology, particularly in a child-centred industry industry but equally important to acknowledge the useful learning, management and administration systems it provides for the modern children’s nursery”.

The app Dan uses is typical of assistive technologies that both make apprenticeships and higher learning accessible to people with dyslexia and reduce their administrative burdens. tpm help their learners identify how to make the most of these technologies to achieve success and realise their potential.

Foundation degree and professional status

Daniel recently completed his first year exams on the ‘FdA Early Years Practice’ programme at Liverpool John Moore’s University. This is a level 5 qualification is endorsed by the Children’s Workforce Development Council – CWDC. Daniel will continue to attend university 2 nights per week for another year.

Now a regular member of tpm’s childcare employer focus group, Daniel contributes to their curriculum development and quality improvements. tpm director, Brian Quinn commends Daniel’s committment:

“Dan is a beacon to all young people aspiring to professional status. He has broken traditional female stereotypes in the childcare sector, and defeated barriers to learning with dignity. We’re immensely proud of his achievements!’

Learning support

Daniel values the support he received from tpm highly:

“The encouragement and dyslexia-learning-support I received were critically important and provided me with long-term strategies for learning. These have given me the confidence to continue studying further to achieve my career aspirations.”

If you would like to know more about apprenticeship opportunities, dyslexia or learning support at tpm, contact one of their specialists on 0151 709 6000.