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A golden opportunity?

Will the new English Hubs and training centre support learners with literacy difficulties? DYT's Policy and Public Affairs Executive, Dan Baynes looks at the improvements needed and the Hubs' capacity to provide it.  Despite progress made in improving literacy over the past 10 years, outcomes for learners with literacy difficulties have remained significantly below the national average – 12% of [...]

The EHCP Postcode Lottery

3rd June 2019 DYT's Top story: It was a busy half term at DYT towers, Karen Wespieser did a deep dive into the DfE's SEND data which she wrote up for Schools Week. Her main finding was that despite an 11% increase in EHC plans issued, a postcode lottery exists for young people and families to receive this support. It should be a [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:02:29+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|Categories: News, The Week Ahead|Tags: |0 Comments

DYT welcome additions to Ofsted handbook

  20th May 2019   DYT's Top story: Ofsted have published the new inspection framework and handbook following a consultation earlier in the year. DYT welcome that some of our recommendations have been taken on including the addition of two references to the SEND Code of Practice in the revised framework.   News Update: Ofsted to look closer at struggling readers We also welcome a tweet from [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:02:24+00:00 May 20th, 2019|Categories: News, The Week Ahead|Tags: |0 Comments

DYT Week Ahead: Focus on Timpson

  13th May 2019   DYT's Top story: Last week, we focused on the news about The Timpson Review of School Exclusions, this week we lend an eye to the government's response which suggested a major review of the SEND Code of Practice and review of SEMH is on the cards. We also take a look at how the review has [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:02:18+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Categories: News, The Week Ahead|Tags: |0 Comments

Keep calm and carry on teaching

As exams loom ever closer, our consultant teachers Kenny and Kelly are on hand with handy top tips to avoid cramming and help your pupils prepare for exams through thoughtful re-assurance and guidance. The pitfalls of exam preparation In the lead up to exams there is often a hive of activity in schools where ‘cramming’ is effectively put in place [...]

By | 2019-05-13T10:00:33+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |0 Comments

DYT Week Ahead: Overdue Timpson finally arrives

  7th May 2019   DYT's Top story: The long awaited Timpson Review of School Exclusions has finally been published today. DYT's Director of Operations Karen Wespieser has blogged to look at the areas where our recommendations have been taken on board, as well as our concern at the report's omission of the link between exclusions and literacy difficulties.   News round-up: Top tips for parents [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:02:11+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Categories: News, The Week Ahead|Tags: |0 Comments

Overdue arrivals…

The autumn of 2017 was notable for two news events: in October the Prime Minister announced the intention to launch a review of school exclusion whilst in November Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry. Between autumn 2017 and Spring 2019, Meghan Markle was baptised into the Church of England, became a British citizen, got married, got pregnant and had [...]

By | 2019-05-13T10:07:34+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top tips for parents communicating with schools

DYT’s Director of Operations Karen Wespieser takes a look at the crucial role parents play in the education of children with literacy difficulties and shares some top tips on how parents can effectively communicate with their children's school and vice versa.  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels [...]

By | 2019-07-08T17:59:21+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blogs|0 Comments

DYT Week Ahead: The Human Cost of Dyslexia

 29th April 2019  DYT's Top Story: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dyslexia has published a new report 'The human cost of dyslexia,' which features recommendations and findings from Literacy difficulties: The DYT position’. News round-up: DYT Summer Term newsletter Read the latest DYT newsletter for exciting news from across our network. Literacy: 5 ways to boost reading with parents Reading with parents [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:02:01+00:00 April 29th, 2019|Categories: Briefings, News, The Week Ahead|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Word of the Week – Pencil

'Word of the Week' is DYT's weekly partnership with author Tim Glynn-Jones. Each week Tim will choose a word, exploring the history behind its meaning, pulling upon an assortment of wry observations on life as well as revealing some surprising historical facts and amusing home truths. This week: pencil.   Do you ever look at your pencil and wonder, “How [...]

By | 2019-07-05T14:41:28+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Categories: Word of the Week|0 Comments

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.