Learning to Succeed: Beyond Dyslexia

"A Proven Strategy for Tackling Disaffection"

The Learning to Succeed programe is enjoying increasing recognition as an original and effective approach to helping adult dyslexics to achieve more success in life. The programe is taught from a comprehensive pack of materials which include a training manual and all the resources necessary to run the course. Trainer training is available.

Key points:

  • Preparation and support for literacy & numeracy training.
  • Tackles crucial and often overlooked self-esteem & emotional factors in dyslexia.
  • Builds self-confidence through success and competence.
  • Teaches thinking in terms of strategies which underlie successful behaviour, including literacy and numeracy.
  • Packaged with all the materials and instructions to run a 28 session course to various timetables.
  • Accredited: for many it has provided the first qualification of their lives.
  • Recognised by Birmingham and Solihull TEC as a New Step Milestone.
  • Proven by a thorough development and beta-testing program.
  • Now offered by 32 training providers in Britain and abroad.

Flexible and Robust in varied delivery environments

Learning to Succeed is currently taught by 32 organisations, including 12 Further Education Colleges and 5 Prisons (as of April 2001), and there are now providers as far afield as New Zealand and Western Australia. The package operates in four sectors and has distinctive benefits in each:

  • Manufacturing industry
    • a positive response to disability legislation and diversity management
    • investment in workforce
    • maximising value of contribution of people
    • improved morale
    • reduced absenteeism/inappropriate sick days

  • Further Education
    • pre-prepared, high quality, accredited learning support
    • FEFC funded
    • can attract extra 'learning support' funding

  • Prisons
    • a positive approach to reducing recidivism by increasing alternatives to reoffending
    • first qualification, first positive educational experience for many

  • Specialist Dyslexia Centres
    • complimentary to ongoing literacy and numeracy work
    • improves portfolio of offerings

The package is now in its second edition, which incorporates feedback from trainers nationally, including session-by-session tips to help new tutors learn to deliver the program.

Comments and Testimonials
Jo Matti, former vice-president of the British Dyslexia Association, 1997

The text below is reproduced from the foreword to the Learning to Succeed teachers manual:

  • "For many years I have felt that there is a need to address the underlying confidence and self-esteem of dyslexics as a prior requirement of literacy development. This is particularly true in adult dyslexics who have often faced years of frustration and anger as a result of their attempts to succeed in the literacy world."
  • "We have only recently begun to accept that many of them have superior spatial and verbal skills which society cannot afford to waste. It is so important that they are encouraged to develop the strategies that can equalise their position in the literate society, using whatever technology is appropriate."
  • "This course, which is the result of the dyslexic experience of the authors, could stand-alone. Those who complete it will have made discoveries about themselves and will have been given guidance for the future progress. For some that might be sufficient. For most, I think it will give them courage to begin again, to learn the skills and learn again those skills they found so frustratingly difficult, in their schooldays.
  • Over and over again. I have been impressed by the determined efforts dyslexics can make to help themselves. This course will support those efforts."

Professor Peter Brophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

"I was extremely impressed by this course. It has been a logical structure clearly designed to enable students to progress from one competency to another, with regular reviews. I also like the emphasis placed on students developing their own strategies, rather than imposing a model upon them. It also has a good mix of individual and group approaches and encourages the development of a long-term support structure."

Student comments (from comment book maintained by Dyslexia Advice & Resource Centre)

"Thanks for...changing the course of my life." (Tina)

"It has changed his outlook on life and he finds it easier to control his temper and cope with everyday situations." (Kirk, 16, excluded from school, as told to his tutor Helen).

"Thanks...for all the beneficial strategies you gave me. It has changed my life. I felt valued within the course. A really new feeling for me." (Pat).

Testimonials are also available from:

  • Lindsey Peer, British Dyslexia Association
  • Jane Kirk, Edinburgh University
  • Donald Schloss, Adult Dyslexia Organisation
  • Steve Carter, Rover
  • Ingrid Thorstad, Matthew Boulton College, Birmingham (Tutor)
  • Lorraine Dawson, Bury College, Lancashire (Tutor)
  • Sandy George, Northampton College, Northampton (Tutor)


Stephen Rose

Stephen Rose is dyslexic, and has experience ranging from youth training to retail management and is also a qualified adult teacher. He is now development manager of the Dyslexia Advice and Resource Centre involved in training and coaching adult dyslexics. Steve has spoken on dyslexia issues on radio and TV, and at national dyslexia conferences, and has a reputation for expressing unconventional views on the requirements of dyslexics.

In particular he realised the need for a dyslexia program which rather than being literacy-based, focused instead on information processing strategies and emotional issues.

Dr Andrew Bass

Andrew Bass is a former lecturer in artificial intelligence and applied psychology at Aston University, with a PhD in Software Engineering. He has published research articles on training design and organisational change. He is now a freelance communication & education consultant. He recently joined the DARC team in a consultancy role.

Phillip Nadin

Philip Nadin overcame the difficulties caused by his dyslexia to attain a degree in Management & Computer Science, studying as a mature student. He now runs a successful construction company.


Stephen Rose
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