Workshop Guide

Now that restrictions around Covid-19 are easing we are very pleased to be in the position to resume the DAI Workshops in autumn 2021. This will be done on a gradual basis as the fallout from the pandemic means that some workshops are still experiencing constraints around premises, long turnaround time for Garda Vetting, and tutor recruitment. Please see the Workshop Map for information on the plan for each Workshop; the Coordinator of your local Workshop will keep in touch with you with all the details prior to the first Workshop.

For full information on the safe reopening of the Workshops please see the updated DAI Covid-19 Workshop Response Plan. As outlined in this plan both the DAI Student Return to Workshop Declaration Form and the DAI Workshop Medical Information Form must be completed and returned to the Workshop Coordinator before your young person attends the first Workshop.

Look at our Workshops Map for information on the Workshop closest to you. Here you will find contact details as well as information on where and when your local Workshop is held.

If you wish to apply for a place in a workshop, an application form must be completed – this applies to both returning and new students.

What is a DAI Workshop?

The DAI Workshops offer specialist, individual tuition in small groups to students with dyslexia (including the emotional and confidence aspects of dyslexia). Every Workshop has classes for primary students (8+) and some offer classes for secondary level students. A Workshop runs for two hours, once-a-week, during the autumn and spring terms. The tutors are qualified teachers who have undertaken additional training in teaching methods best suited to teaching students with dyslexia. There are currently 26 Workshops nationwide.

In addition, the Workshop also provides support and advice for parents/guardians of the students attending. You can get greater insight into how a Workshop operates by looking at the video on our Rush/Lusk/Skerries Workshop we have included below. In addition, by going to the Workshop Educational Programme Guidelines you will get a fuller idea of what is being covered. Workshops, in line with all DAI services, are run in compliance with the governance standards set down by the Charities Regulatory Authority and comply with all relevant legislation including child protection and safeguarding, vetting, health and safety, and all other legal and best practice requirements. See our Governance section for more details on our governance and policies.

What is the fee?

The term length varies across the Workshops from 10-14 weeks. It costs approximately €30 per two-hour evening session, this means the fee for an average 12-week term works out at €360. The DAI is a not-for-profit organisation. The fee is set to cover the basic cost of running the Workshop.

Do note that if you are experiencing financial strain or have had a sudden change of circumstances that has seriously impacted your finances you can apply for fee support. The cost of covering fee support is fundraised locally and does not come out of the fees paid by parents.