Dyslexia-friendly quality mark

Our Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability team are leading a project for Aotearoa New Zealand, funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, called the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark (DFQM) project. The purpose of this work is to acknowledge expertise and best practice in Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) in supporting learners with dyslexia.

There are benefits for both learners and trainers, and TEOs. Apart from providing organisations with the opportunity to improve the quality of their provision for learners with dyslexia, the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark is a vehicle to improve enrolments and effectively promote their organisation, to this important group (which represents up to 10% of our adult population).  

Having the DFQM will be a signifier of a TEOs status as a follower of best practice in provision to learners with dyslexia.

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The DFQM project is progressing well and we invite you to sign up to updates on its further development.

Dyslexia resources

Information and resources related to teaching adults with dyslexia – Covers topics such as what dyslexia is, how it can be identified, how it can affect people and what support can be put in place by educators.


Helen Lomax, Director of Ako Aotearoa and Mike Styles, Dyslexia Practitioner, introduce the New Zealand Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark - an exciting initiative to change the culture of the tertiary education sector to better support learners with dyslexia and other forms of neurodiversity.

Mike Styles, Dyslexia Practitioner, discusses how learners with dyslexia can be supported within tertiary education, the benefits of this support to both learners and organisations along with the positive aspects of dyslexia. For more information and details of the framework discussed, see Evaluating the effectiveness of support interventions for adult dyslexic learners.