The Driver Youth Trust has consistently been concerned with addressing the needs of those who find literacy difficult, many of whom will be dyslexic. Through the Looking Glass, written by our Director, Christopher Rossiter, examines the recent reports on literacy that inform the education agenda and asks –
Is universal literacy provision what it seems?
In the Looking Glass world we see oversimplified, homogenised and sanitised messages, that suggest universal literacy strategies are applicable and inclusive for all learners. Evidence from research reports, strategies and campaigns from literacy organisations, the government and its agencies talk about teaching literacy – the four skill areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to all children and yet fail to consider individual needs of children, particularly those with SEND.
The report’s main aim is to consider whether policy development – as led by think tanks, charities and government – is too heavily skewed towards the majority of children and young people who can reach arbitrary end-of-Key Stage and GCSE standards, while the minority, including those who face the greatest disadvantage and who may need specialist support, are missing out.
Our launch day is the 23rd March which we will be celebrating at the RSA.
For live tweets and updates of the launch follow #DYTLookingGlass on twitter.