About us 2018-10-31T15:55:54+00:00

Our Story

Founded by Sarah and Mark Driver in 2007, Driver Youth Trust was established after systemic failures in the education system led to continued difficulties for the Driver’s children. Driver Youth Trust was created to ensure that all young people in our country who struggle with literacy get the support they deserve, so that they can reach their full potential.

Since 2007, Driver Youth Trust has grown from a grant giving organisation to a charity that is leading the way to transform provision in schools and the attitudes of those in power.

“We have four children, three of whom are dyslexic. It has been the experience of seeing these three dyslexic children struggle at school that has motivated us to try to change the system so that other young people, and their parents, don’t go through what we all went through.”

Mark and Sarah Driver

The Issue

Literacy difficulties impact on life chances well beyond the school years. There is an established view that barriers to educational participation are due to individual differences. We believe they are entrenched in the structures, processes and attitudes of the education system. These include:

  • INCREASED ACCOUNTABILITY: Educational reforms brought in since 2010, such as the Children and Families Act (2014) and the SEND Code of Practice have had a stifling impact on provision for those with literacy difficulties.
  • TEACHER TRAINING: From DYT’s Fish in the Tree report, we know that there is little guidance available to help teachers understand the needs of all learners, including those with literacy difficulties. There is still no mandatory requirement for teacher training in supporting pupils with SEND in the classroom.
  • LACK OF EXPERTISE IN THE SYSTEM: The shortage of specialists in the education system means that level of provision are at crisis point, and children with literacy difficulties are not receiving the specialist support they need and are entitled too.

Our Response

Systemic change is needed to support children with literacy difficulties. We challenge the system for these learners, aiming to bring cohesion between policy and practice. Fostering a collaborative response to this issue is the only way to provide a truly inclusive model of education.

Our Approach

Our approach is evidence based, coherent, consistent with the ever-changing political landscape and responsive to the needs of the schools we work in. We base the quality of our work with schools on six standards for success.

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