Introduction by Jules Daulby –
I am delighted to be joining The Driver Youth Trust. I was first introduced to the charity when they invited me to join an Expert Advisory Group scrutinising literacy and SEND materials for Drive for Literacy, DYT’s flagship schools’ programme. Sarah Driver’s tenacity in improving the life chances of children with literacy difficulties aligned perfectly with my own determination to support them in the classroom. This was a charity I wanted to work for!
The DYT team is now busily designing training based on our three core areas, Literacy Teaching, Planning and Whole School. We’ve spent weeks researching and creating a training needs analysis before we even begin to get down to the nuts of bolts of how we deliver high quality CPD to teachers, SENCos, Literacy Leads, TAs and leaders. I am confident the suite of training we are offering via our four term consultancy cycle will be of the highest quality and I can’t wait to start.
DYT is also busy lobbying candidates for the General Election. We have created five pledges and a covering letter so you can write to your local MP. Making sure SEND and dyslexia has a voice in this election campaign will be critical in the coming weeks ahead. That’s why we are calling on you to let your future MP know about SEND. Write, email, tweet, text to ask them to sign DYT’s five pledges to put SEND at the heart of the next government.
SEND Governor meeting: We are hosting a meeting for all school governors and trustees who have an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability.The purpose is to discuss how our role can support school provision for our children and young people to achieve the best possible outcomes. See our web page for governors.
DYT Election Campaign 2017: We want to put Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) firmly on the policy agenda. Governments in the past have overlooked the 1.2 million children who have SEND and we want to ensure that this election campaign is different. Find out how you can get involved here.
New Parent’s Handbook: Find out how you can support your child at home with our updated handbook for parents. Find it here.
Jules Daulby writes on TES online responding to claims that dyslexia and ADHD are over-diagnosed. Read here.
It’s time to take a fresh look at some of the commonly held beliefs about dyslexia, writes our Founder and Chair Sarah Driver in this month’s SEN Magazine. Read here.