Why Choose IDL

When you choose IDL for your school you will benefit from:

  • 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 simple interface that allows you to automate lesson plans and see pupil progress at the touch of a button
  • The ability for pupils to work independently with minimal tutor supervision
  • Animated Maths Tutorials included to support pupils
  • Dyscalculia Screener free to all schools
  • Touch typing and subject specific spelling exercises – perfect for homework or exam practice
  • 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
  • Simple reporting and graphs to show pupil progress individually and by group
  • Free CPD Certified training events throughout the year covering topics such as Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
  • Specialist IDL training webinars to ensure you are getting the most out of the programme
  • Dedicated technical support team and customer service advisors on hand to help

All of the above is included as part of your IDL package.

The IDL Story

The IDL Story
Our vision: Creating life changing opportunities for all.
Our mission: To enable learning through innovative education and exceptional customer service.

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.

Since its development for use in schools, IDL has gone from strength to strength with schools nationwide and overseas using IDL and demonstrating real improvements for pupils with challenging literacy needs.

Click here to see a timeline of our journey since the 1980s.

Ascentis & IDL

IDL is developed by Ascentis - a charity and awarding body

 Ascentis & IDL

Ascentis is distinctive in that it is both:

  • an Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual
  • an Access Validating Agency for “Access to Higher Education” Programmes, licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

We have a portfolio of user-friendly qualifications which include ESOL, English & Maths, Teacher Training, Construction, Digital Learning, Apprenticeships, Progression, Short Online Qualifications and Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Ascentis has no shareholders, it is a charity and its sole purpose is to provide the optimal level of service to all of its customers. As a recognised charity we are committed to the provision of clear progression routes that enable learners to climb the 'qualifications ladder' and achieve their lifelong aspirations.

Ascentis has recently been featured in The Parliamentary Review: Highlighting best practice. Read the full article here.

Meet Our Team

Adrian Gallagher Adrian Gallagher

Adrian Gallagher

Head of IDL

Sarah Hyslop Sarah Hyslop

Sarah Hyslop

International Interventions Team Manager

Oliver Knott Oliver Knott

Oliver Knott

International Interventions Advisor

Victoria Kenyon Victoria Kenyon

Victoria Kenyon

International Interventions Advisor

Jackie Holding Jackie Holding

Jackie Holding

Interventions Advisor – North West England/North Wales

David Walker David Walker

David Walker

Interventions Advisor - East England

Rozanne Brayshaw Rozanne Brayshaw

Rozanne Brayshaw

Customer Service Supervisor

Joy Bolton Joy Bolton

Joy Bolton

Customer Service Advisor

Paul Lewis Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Customer Service Advisor

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IDL Administration Customer Training

 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm20.10.2021

IDL Administration sessions cover the basics of IDL Literacy and Numeracy, we show you how to register pupils, create groups, enrol pupils, the student login area, lessons, and how to look at the...

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IDL Dyscalculia Screener Customer Training

 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm21.10.2021

Dyscalculia Screener sessions cover the registering and enrolling your pupils, scheduling the test, the screener activities, and where to view and export the results. The screener sessions last for...

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IDL Administration Customer Training

 | 10:00am - 11:00am22.10.2021

IDL Administration sessions cover the basics of IDL Literacy and Numeracy, we show you how to register pupils, create groups, enrol pupils, the student login area, lessons, and how to look at the...

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