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DYT welcomes new Ofsted inspection framework with call for a greater focus on effective literacy provision

Driver Youth Trust (DYT) has published its response to the new Ofsted framework, welcoming its focus on reading but warning that this needs to stretch beyond the early years. DYT have identified a bias toward early years and the initial development of reading in the Ofsted draft framework. We use our response to highlight to the inspectorate that for some [...]

By | 2019-04-15T10:08:01+00:00 March 27th, 2019|Categories: Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

DYT welcomes “Promising Start” to early language and literacy SEND funding

The Department for Education has today announced around £18 million worth of funding to support early development in literacy and language at home.  Education Secretary, Damian Hinds announced the policy saying that “Education begins long before children arrive in the classroom. It begins as soon as they leave the maternity ward, in the crucial early years in the home, where their [...]

DYT joins over 120 national organisations to call on Government to put children at the heart of the Budget

  Unprecedented coalition of children’s organisations call on Government to put children and young people at the heart of its spending decisions. The number of children with special educational needs who are awaiting provision has more than doubled since 2010. DYT is among an influential group of over 120 children’s charities, teaching unions and other organisations that have called on [...]

Dyslexia specialist shortage exposed as legacy of £10 million Government funding pledge in tatters

Dyslexia specialist shortage exposed as legacy of £10 million Government funding pledge in tatters    Driver Youth Trust predicts a third of local authorities in England do not have sufficient specialist dyslexia teachers (1) A freedom of information request to the Department for Education reveals they did not monitor a pledged £10 million fund to improve dyslexia teacher and do [...]

Driver Youth Trust’s Director of Operations, Karen Wespieser, joins panel with Education Minister Damian Hinds at the Conservative Party Conference

Panel, left to right: Karen Wespieser (Driver Youth Trust), Kevin Courtney (NEU), Cath Murray (SchoolsWeek), Damian Hinds (Secretary of State for Education), Geoff Barton (ASCL) Karen Wespieser joined a panel of distinguished educationalists at the Conservative Party Conference to debate the question ‘is it still rewarding to be a teacher in England?’. Using new data, compiled by DYT, Karen argued that [...]

DYT feeds into Labour’s National Education Service policy forum

DYT has fed into the Labour Party’s National Education Service policy. DYT welcomes the vision set out in the proposal. However, we call on the charter and specific policies that will follow to strongly commit to supporting SEND learners and developing an inclusive education system. It is important to recognise that some learners will not be able to reach a [...]

By | 2018-09-21T17:34:53+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Categories: Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|0 Comments

End of Term Policy Update

A busy end to the school year sees three new reports published this week all reflecting recommendations made by Driver Youth Trust:  Education Committee report on Alternative Provision The Committee has published their fifth report of the 2017 session: Forgotten children: alternative provision and the scandal of ever-increasing exclusions.  The report expresses concerns about the over-exclusion of pupils and at [...]

Giving vulnerable learners an equal shot at education

DYT's Director of Education, Jules Daulby presented at the Westminster Briefing session on School Exclusions: Policy and Improving Practice for Vulnerable Students.  Jules ran through an update to the statistics behind official and unofficial exclusions, as well as methods that can prevent exclusions. View her presentation here. Read more:  The stats -  Special needs pupils seven times more likely to be excluded Our [...]

DYT response to Education Committee SEND inquiry

DYT has submitted written evidence to the Education Select Committee's inquiry on Special Educational Needs and Disability. The Committee’s inquiry is intended to review the success of the 2014 reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Read our submission. [...]

By | 2018-09-21T17:25:48+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|0 Comments

40 years on from the Warnock Report and England’s exam system is setting up children with SEND to fail in mainstream schools

Jules Daulby takes a look at the lasting impact 40 years on from the Warnock report and how, more than ever, mainstream education disadvantages those with SEND... Toby Young’s views on SEND horrified most people when he complained that England was a country where ‘PC has gone mad’ because every school would ‘have to build a wheelchair ramp’. Laughable if [...]

By | 2018-09-21T17:31:51+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|0 Comments

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