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New evidence shows teachers doubt dyslexia

New evidence collected for Driver Youth Trust reveals a third of teachers have doubts about the validity of the term dyslexia. DYT’s CEO Chris Rossiter looks at what this means for learners struggling with the disorder.  The data, collected from nearly 6,000 teachers for Dyslexia Awareness Week [1], found that over a quarter of teachers (26%) believe that dyslexia is a useful [...]

By | 2019-10-11T16:40:50+00:00 October 11th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, News, Research, SEND|0 Comments

Classroom strategies resource supports learners with literacy difficulties

In honour of Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019, Senior Consultant Teacher Kenny Wheeler has created a resource full of classroom strategies to support learners with literacy difficulties. Here's what he had to say about the booklet, and what inspired him to write it. What does the classroom strategies resource focus on? Senior Consultant Teacher Kenny Wheeler Essentially, the resource [...]

By | 2019-10-10T12:00:03+00:00 October 10th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Literacy difficulties at a time of transition

Big changes during school, such as moving from primary to secondary or infant to junior, can be daunting for learners and their families, especially when they have additional difficulties such as with literacy. It can often feel like starting all over again, with new teachers and new ways of doing things. DYT CEO, Chris Rossiter, looks at three areas that [...]

By | 2019-08-13T15:41:50+00:00 August 13th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, SEND|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The next Prime Minister must invest in literacy for all children

This summer, DYT is celebrating ten years of educational impact. This speech by DYT's Founder and Chair - Sarah Driver - looks back at our sucesses and considers what's next for the Trust. The publication of our book, DYT the first ten years, celebrates the tremendous good Driver Youth Trust has provided to schools and the wider education system over [...]

By | 2019-07-15T11:06:46+00:00 July 14th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Taking EEFs guidance on literacy one step further

DYT consultant teacher Kelly Challis takes a look at the new EEF guidance on improving literacy in secondary schools and how it can be applied in schools to best support learners with literacy difficulties.  The EEF has just published new guidance on Improving Literacy in secondary schools. The report features many of the elements which, as a consultant teacher at [...]

By | 2019-07-10T13:56:17+00:00 July 10th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Five charts the DfE didn’t want you to see

The latest DfE data on special educational needs and disabilities has been released. DYT's Karen Wespieser has done a deep dive into the data around literacy difficulties to find the charts that DfE didn’t want you to see. The DfE summary report provides SEND data by primary type of need, however when it compares these needs, it does so within [...]

By | 2019-07-10T08:05:36+00:00 July 8th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|0 Comments

How do Ofsted inspectors ensure schools are supporting SEND learners?

How do Ofsted inspectors ensure schools are supporting SEND learners? Following her panel at the Festival of Education, Karen Wespieser responds to an audience question from Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, on how her inspectors ensure schools are supporting SEND learners? Last week, at the 10th Festival of Education at Wellington I was delighted to chair a panel discussion on [...]

By | 2019-06-24T16:41:12+00:00 June 24th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

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

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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.