Sylvie Deshayes, French teacher at Cameron House school, west London, gets to grips with dyslexia
Course Postgraduate certificate in dyslexia and literacy.
Provider The Dyslexia Institute (www.dyslexia-inst.org.uk).
Venue The institute's national training and resource centre, Surrey. A day a week for a year, from September 2002.
Cost pound;1,900; half paid myself, half by school.
How did you find out about it?
From institute publicity.
I'm interested in special needs and dyslexia, and I wanted to do something different. I wanted to get my brain into gear.
What did it promise?
How to assess pupils, and plan and adapt a teaching programme to suit them.
Did it deliver?
It was very structured, mixing lectures from psychologists and specialists with hands-on observed teaching sessions.
Highs and lows I enjoyed meeting people with the same goals and swapping ideas on how to tackle issues. It was fascinating, but hard work.
Message, motto or mantra Always listen to the children - and be prepared for anything.
Best advice We had some excellent practical sessions on phonological awareness and letter ordering.
Has it made a difference?
I'm much more sensitive to the range of ways to make literacy accessible.
Coming your way?
The Dyslexia Institute runs a series of short and long accredited courses, many available by distance learning. See its website.
Course notes steps down until the autumn term. A new column - Get Active: teachers and their fitness - begins next week