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About IDL

About IDL

International Dyslexia Learning (IDL) provides specialist multi-sensory software to schools around the world. As a charity-owned organisation, IDL is committed to fulfilling our mission of enabling learners to realise their full potential and achieve their lifelong aspirations.

What is included in your IDL package

  • Award winning literacy and numeracy software programmes trusted by thousands of schools around the world
  • An unlimited user licence to use with as many learners as you like on as many devices as you wish
  • A user-friendly interface that allows you to automate lesson plans and see student progress at the touch of a button
  • Portfolio of free resources to provide extra support, including Animated Maths Tutorials, Literacy & Numeracy Screening and Times Tables practice
  • Touch typing and subject specific spelling exercises – perfect for homework or exam practice
  • The ability for pupils to work independently with minimal tutor supervision
  • Apps designed for iPads and tablets so you can use IDL on any device with an internet connection from any location
  • Downloadable certificates to reward pupil progress
  • Progress reporting and graphs to show individual and group improvement
  • Dedicated technical support team and customer service advisors on hand to help
  • Complimentary training available to all staff throughout the year

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The IDL Story

IDL was devised in the mid 1980s by educators working with the Starcross Educational Research Association. In 2012 a programme was funded by the Big Lottery called Lifting Barriers.

This allowed IDL to be developed for use within a school environment in conjunction with SENCO leaders. Over a three year period IDL was placed in to 120 primary and secondary schools across the North West. IDL was required to show an increase in reading and spelling ages along with an increase in confidence and self-esteem for those pupils with dyslexia or dyslexic type difficulties.

The results showed an average increase in reading and spelling ages of 11 months after only 26 hours use.

Our Mission

To enable learning through innovative education and exceptional customer service.

Our Journey So Far


IDL Literacy created by the Starcross Educational Research Association


Scrase research project reported fantastic learner progress


IDL joins the Ascentis education charity

August 2015

Successful 3 year National Lottery ‘Lifting Barriers’ project reported brilliant results

September 2018

IDL Numeracy launched

October 2018

IDL Literacy wins NASEN’s Effective Technology Resource Award

January 2019

IDLS announced as Red Rose Awards finalist for Innovation in Business

June 2019

IDL Numeracy wins most Innovative Educational Software Provider

August 2020

IDL Numeracy Screener launched

March 2021

Launched IDL Animated Maths Tutorials

September 2021

Launched IDL Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)

October 2021

IDL Wins The Innovation Award for Technology at NASEN

January 2022

IDL Literacy Screener launched

January 2023

Launched IDL Wellbeing

Meet Our Team

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    Adrian Gallagher
    Head of IDL
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    Sarah Hyslop
    International Interventions Team Manager
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    David Walker
    Interventions Advisor
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    Jackie Holding
    Interventions Advisor
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    Ryan Foster
    Interventions Advisor
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    Matthew Szczesniak
    Interventions Advisor
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    Sam Crabtree
    Interventions Advisor
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    Rozanne Brayshaw
    Customer Experience Manager
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    Beth Byrne
    Customer Service Advisor
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    Ellie Ryan
    Customer Service Advisor
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    Jasmine Corps
    Customer Service Advisor
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    Hannah Mahon
    Customer Service Advisor
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