The Driver Youth Trust is supporting a number of primary schools across England to implement the Drive for Literacy model by providing free training and consultancy.
Drive for Literacy supports Ark Primary Academy in their vision to provide every Learner with a full, challenging curriculum and that every Learner has the capacity to learn, achieve and go on to make a full contribution to society. DfL has promoted Quality First Teaching in every classroom to help SEND Learners, using strategies to improve organisation, such as diaries and by avoiding asking the Learner to copy from the board by using a photocopied transcript instead.
Ark Atwood shares a similar inclusive vision as the Drive for Literacy programme and thanks to Atwood’s experienced SENCO and DfL ambassador the school hosted our Department for Education visit in March 2016 to see independent delivery of screening, identification of need and Drive for Literacy’s best practice in action.
For Bentworth’s teachers and SENCOs, Drive for Literacy offers advice and support on developing literacy skills in the classroom and helps Year 2 pupils who are not passing the Phonic Screen Test.
Quality First Teaching is at the heart of Ark Blacklands Primary Academy’s culture to ensure the needs of all Learners are met. Drive for Literacy provides mainstream category support for teaching especially with speaking, listening and communication for SEND Learners. This input helps teachers to create ‘dyslexic friendly’ learning environments.
Ark Brunel uses phonics programmes working with Year 1 Learners one hour a day. Learners who need more support than most are tutored for an extra fifteen minutes every day which is provided by highly trained teaching staff.
Drive for Literacy supports Ark Byron’s inclusive policy by offering specialist support, where necessary for those Learners who have specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia.
Ark Conway have a half termly assessment cycle where the progress of all Learners is monitored, on all areas of the national curriculum. Drive for Literacy supports this process implementing the Graduated Approach to measure and review the progress of SEND Learners.
In order to support all children to do this, the school has a dedicated Inclusion team that provides support and receives training from the Drive for Literacy Programme to independently assess children with literacy difficulties for targeted intervention, delivering and monitoring.
Ark Globe provide Whole school training termly to ensure that all teachers are able to meet the needs of the children in their classes. This includes teaching reading and writing, techniques for meeting the needs of dyslexic and autistic children, de-escalating challenging behaviour and creating communication friendly classrooms.
Drive for Literacy supports Isaac Newton to monitor provision for SEND Learners and assess if development opportunities would be beneficial. Training and CPD opportunities allow staff to be increasingly aware of the needs of Learners regarding accessing the curriculum.
At Ark John Keats teachers are trained to understand the needs of each pupil in their class so that they can plan to meet those needs appropriately. For Learners with identified SEND teaching is suitably adapted to ensure effective inclusion to the curriculum.
Drive for Literacy collaborates with Ark King Solomon to deliver Quality First Teaching to deliver on the aim that most children will be able to meet or exceed national expectations through a varied and stimulating curriculum.
Drive for Literacy has provided effective support for Ark Oval, that has been given an Accreditation by I CAN to certify that it is a Communication Enhanced Level School. This includes demonstrating effective support and outcomes for all Learners, including those with Speech Language and Communication Needs.
To make sure that no pupil is left behind, Ark Paddington Green have developed data management tools which help teachers to monitor progress - this shows when Learners, or indeed teaching staff, need extra support.
Drive for Literacy helps Ark Priory Primary Academy to meet all children’s needs through targeted intervention training for school staff and support workshops for parents to raise awareness about dyslexia and literacy difficulties.
Drive for Literacy assists Ark Swift by offering classroom support to prioritise techniques for meeting the needs of dyslexic Learners by creating communication friendly classrooms.
At Burlington Danes, every Learner is screened for speech, language, and communication skills upon entry to Reception and again for signs of dyslexia upon entry into Year 1. Drive for Literacy help train teachers to understand the needs of each pupil in their class so that they can plan to meet those needs appropriately. For Learners with identified SEND this can mean adapting their teaching to ensure rapid catch up or in some cases simply ensuring that the Learner can access the curriculum fully.
Within their mission statement, ‘Learning to live together, together living to learn’, Christ Church C of E Primary School offer an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all Learners. The school recognises it is the teacher’s responsibility to meet the needs of all pupils in their class through Quality First Teaching.
Churchwood Academy combines high quality teaching with a broad and balanced curriculum. They make sure that additional needs are identified early and offer a range of provision tailored to the individual. DYT works with the academy to ensure that all Learners receive the support they need to do well at the academy.
Hurst Green’s policy is to identify Learners with any type of special need as early as possible. Class teachers keep a constant check on Learner's progress and any problems are discussed with parents and carers. Drive for Literacy supports the school’s objective to strengthen the universal graduated approach and improve literacy outcomes for Learners receiving targeted intervention.
Drive for Literacy supports the school’s ethos that all Learners are valued and included in every part of Northiam’s school life. Support is provided for any Learner who at any time in their school life requires additional or different provision to help them achieve success.
The school is committed to developing the best possible provision for all Learners with Special Educational Needs within an inclusive mainstream setting. In 2009 the school was awarded Dyslexia Friendly Status and are a Communication Champion School.
Sacred Heart recognises that it is the teacher’s responsibility to meet the needs of all young people in their class through Quality first teaching. The school also provides intervention groups to help Learners who need extra support. The school firmly believes that this lies at the heart of good inclusive practice.
St John’s commits to each Learner’s education being carefully planned and differentiated per each Learner’s needs.
St Leonard’s is committed to inclusion. Part of the schools strategic planning for improvement is to develop cultures, policies and practices that include all Learners. Through this the school aims to engender a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to Learners who may have experienced previous difficulties.
All children in Years 1 to 6 at St Mary’s have an individual plan which is developed with your child during a one-to-one mentoring meeting with their class teacher each term.
St. Peter’s C. of E. Primary School is one of four schools in the Keys Federation Academy Trust. The Keys Federation and the Driver Youth Trust share the same vision in working in collaboration and joining the dots between Teachers, Leaders, Learners and Parents.