11th March 2019
DYT’s Top Story:
Last Thursday, DYT Chief Executive, Chris Rossiter signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to tackle the inequality of services for some 1.4 million children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in the UK.
DYT blog in Schools Week
SEND inquiry hears minister admit funding is ‘difficult’ for schools
In the latest Education Committee SEND session, health minister Caroline Dinenage admitted that pressures on funding have made life difficult for schools. DYT have called for sufficient funding for schools and Local Authorities to be able to provide high quality support for SEND learners.
New programme to build SEND evidence base
The DfE have announced the procurement for SEN Futures – a flagship programme of research and analysis focusing on children and young people with SEN in England.
The English curriculum – bigger than the sum of its parts
Sarah Hubbard, Ofsted’s national lead for English blogs on the English curriculum, books and the pleasure of reading.
DYT’s Week Ahead:
The Parliamentary week starts off with education questions. Question 6 from Anna Turley MP will ask Ministers about how the Department is supporting SEND learners.
Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP faces the Local Government Committee on Local authorities’ children’s services. The inquiry is investigating what impact public spending has had on the provision of care services, and the approaches local authorities have taken in addressing funding constraints.
DYT’s Director of Operations, Karen Wespieser will present at a Westminster Briefing event looking at how schools can support pupils with complex needs whilst facing a challenging budget, Karen will discuss the key findings from DYT’s upcoming specialist teacher research report.
The highlight of the political week is the Chancellor’s Spring Statement. It has come at a time where the school funding issue has grown to become a significant headache for the government with various stories last week of how headteachers are battling against school funding pressures.
The ASCL conference begins in Birmingham, Damian Hinds will make the keynote speech at 10:25am and Lib Dem education spokesperson, Layla Moran will set out her view on the “future of education” at 12:45pm.
On the second day of ASCL conference, DYT’s Director of Operations, Karen Wespieser is hosting a workshop: “What’s so Special About Literacy?” The session will present new research findings from DYT about specialist teachers: how many there are, where the gaps are, and how they connect with leaders across England.
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