The Bursary Programme
The Bursary Fund was set up in August 1984 to help support those with special educational needs who cannot afford to pay for the specialist tuition they so badly need themselves. We receive no funding from central or local government so we run a number of high profile fund-raising events in order to extend the reach of the services we offer.
We support not only individual children but also run the London Dyslexia Initiative which runs successful literacy support groups for children with specific learning difficulties in local schools. You can find out more about the schools we support here.
How The Bursary Fund Works
The trustees of the Dyslexia Teaching Centre meet every term to consider bursary applications. All bursary applications are means-tested and must be supported by documentary evidence of need, and by a letter of support. An extensive questionnaire is also required to give the trustees a full picture of the type of support that might be appropriate. All bursary awards are subject to termly review, when the trustees evaluate evidence of progress, application and commitment.
Services our Bursary can support
After considering each application, the trustees may decide to award one or more of the following bursary services:
- Specialist Teaching – individual for up to two terms, and group for a maximum of two years, including an previous individual teaching
- Handwriting courses
- Touch typing course
- Training of a parent or other adult
Criteria for qualifying for a bursary:
- Of school age – priority given to those within a year of phase transfers or public exams
- Specific learning difficulty – priority given to dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
- Evidence of potential to benefit from the interventions the DTC can offer
- Parent/carer on low income (means-tested, full disclosure, trustee/director interview if necessary)
- Live close enough to the DTC to allow regular attendance
- Evidence of commitment from child and parent/carer
Pupils who are at a specialist school and/or with a Statement of SEN will not be considered.
Please Help Us!
Many of the people who we help and support cannot afford more than a nominal fee and even this in some cases proves a barrier to accessing the help that is so badly needed.
Please help us to help others by giving us a donation. Any contribution is invaluable to us.
To make a donation please send a cheque or postal order, made payable to ‘The Dyslexia Teaching Centre’, or you can also help us by buying one of our publications.
If you are kind enough to send a donation, please also consider downloading and completing our gift aid form, which will enable us to recover tax and increase your gift by 20%
Gift aid Declaration