Conference on Specific Learning Difficulties in Education

An evening conference organised by the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Society at the University of Sheffield, February 9th, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

The society is the first SpLD society in a higher education establishment in the UK and aims to both represent and campaign on behalf of SpLD students within the university, as well as work to promote awareness of SpLD issues within our education system as a whole. We are very proud of the work we do and hope you would be interested in contributing to the on-going discussions.

On the evening of February 9th, we will be holding a landmark conference which we would be delighted if members of Sheffield Autism Society could attend. The event is open to teachers, specialists, parents and students. The conference will take the form of a ‘Question Time’ style debate, focusing specifically on issues of education, SpLD, societal attitudes to education and disability support,as well as education policy and approaches to disability throughout the education system. The panel includes some highly controversial figures including:

1) Lord David Blunkett

2) Professor Julian Elliot (University of Durham. Renowned author of ‘The Dyslexia Debate’

3)Professor Rod Nicolson (University of Sheffield. Author of ‘Positive Dyslexia’)

4)Professor Dennis Hayes (University of Derby. Author of ‘The Therapeutic Rise of Education’)

5) Catherine Wright (Executive with Dyslexia Action)

6) Emma Lewell-Buck Mp (Mp for South Shields. Campaigner for Dyspraxic individuals)

7) Margaret Rooke (Author of best selling ‘Creative Successful Dyslexic’)

8) Peter William-Walsh (Cambridge Sociology Lecturer)

The event will take place at the University of Sheffield on February 9th, from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets cost just £8 (£6 Students).

If you have any questions at all about the event, please feel free to contact me and I would be more than happy to help. Generally though, we really hope you will be excited to come along and engage with some of the most current and controversial debates in our field. You will, via the form below, have the chance to pose your question to any of the panel members, so please do take the chance to put your voice forward.

Tickets can be purchased and questions posed via this link:

I sincerely hope to see you at, what promises to be, a significant date in the University and Society calendar but, moreover, in the wider SpLD discourse.

Emily Walker