SPELD NZ offers NZQA-approved courses and professional development for teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCO), teacher aides, families and caregivers. We also host conferences and from time-to-time run community presentations and parent information evenings.

SPELD NZ was rated Highly Confident in our latest NZQA Review.
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Kōwae ako/Learning Capsules

These stand-alone, evidence-based Kōwae ako involve approximately six hours of self-driven, online learning on a variety of topics.

Ideal for educators seeking greater knowledge on individual topics such as phonemic and phonological awareness.

Kōwae ako / Learning Capsules

SPELD NZ Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities

Are you concerned about your child’s learning journey? Are you a teacher/teacher-aide working with a child who is bright but not achieving? Are you taking on a new role as a Learning Support Coordinator? This course is for you and anyone else with limited knowledge on specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia.

NZ Certificate in Teaching Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities

People with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities often suffer years of failure and despondency at school. You could be the one to nurture them to success.

SPELD NZ Assessor Training

SPELD NZ Assessor training focuses on the administration and interpretation of the Woodcock-Johnson test batteries. It’s aimed at those likely to get the required NZCER Level C grading after course completion.

Personal Stories

Find out how SPELD NZ has helped both children and adults overcome their struggles with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities.

Doing a PHD with Dyslexia

Know how your brain functions, and what makes it click. That’s the advice of Dr Kyle Whitfield who once floundered with dyslexia at school.

Deciphering Me

For Summer Riley, a diagnostic assessment lifted a huge emotional toll and enables access to extra support at university.

I’ve Been There

As a child, Joan Rusden knew she wanted to be a SPELD teacher, supporting dyslexic learners like herself.

50 Years Breaking Barriers

In an ideal world, SPELD NZ would be redundant by now. In reality, we have never been busier.