Literacy difficulties – The DYT position 2019-07-18T12:26:32+01:00

Literacy Difficulties – The DYT Position

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0%
of all classes have at least one student with dyslexia
0%
of children leave primary school unable to read at a secondary standard

What is the impact of literacy difficulties on life chances?

Embedding economic disadvantage

1 in 3

children living in poverty do not have the age-appropriate language skills expected of a five-year-old

Cost to the economy

£64,000

is the cost to the public over an individual’s lifetime of failure to master basic literacy skills

Attainment

56%

of the adult working population in England have literacy skills below GCSE grade C

Behaviour and mental health

54%

of people entering prison were assessed as having literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old

How is the education system failing these learners?

Lack of  Training

91%

of teachers report there are barriers to accessing effective CPD

 

Lack of accountability

1 in 7

ITT inspection reports do not mention SEND

 

Lack of resources

1/3

of Local Authorities do not have sufficient specialist dyslexia teachers

 

Recommendations

Ofsted should judge ITT providers on the quality of training delivered to trainee teachers on supporting all learners with literacy.

DfE should ensure that all funded literacy CPD includes training on literacy difficulties.

Researchers should develop a “what works” evidence base for learners with literacy difficulties and discover how many learners with literacy difficulties there are.

Teacher educators should develop NPQs in SEND and literacy as part of the new plan to support teachers to develop and progress their career without needing to pursue a traditional leadership route.

School Leaders should ensure their provision enables learners with literacy difficulties to access the curriculum and that the door to a more rigorous education and curriculum is open to them.

Teachers, across all areas of the curriculum and all school phases, should know how to adjust their teaching for learners with literacy dif-ficulties.

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