News & Blogs 2019-09-17T10:08:55+01:00

News & Blogs

1609, 2019

Ten tips on communicating with parents of students with literacy needs

September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

When Karen Wespieser, DYT's Head of Operations, was asked to write a back-to-school blog for Ark, she knew exactly what she wanted to say... Effective two-way communication is one of the five hallmarks of a parent-friendly school. according to home-school cooperation charity, Parentkind. It allows a relationship of trust to develop that is vital in enabling conversations around a child’s learning [...]

1109, 2019

Disappointment in “forgotten third”

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|

Driver Youth Trust’s vision is to ensure every young person can access the highest quality education that is responsive to their literacy needs. Whilst we welcome ASCL’s Commission into the “forgotten third” of learners who do not achieve a standard pass in English and mathematics, it is disappointing that the final report does not mention Special Educational Needs and Disability [...]

1308, 2019

Literacy difficulties at a time of transition

August 13th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, SEND|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

1407, 2019

The next Prime Minister must invest in literacy for all children

July 14th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

1007, 2019

Taking EEFs guidance on literacy one step further

July 10th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

807, 2019

Five charts the DfE didn’t want you to see

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

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 [...]

2406, 2019

How do Ofsted inspectors ensure schools are supporting SEND learners?

June 24th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

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 [...]

706, 2019

A golden opportunity?

June 7th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Inflencing policy makers|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

905, 2019

Keep calm and carry on teaching

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

705, 2019

Overdue arrivals…

May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

305, 2019

Top tips for parents communicating with schools

May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

DYT’s Director of Operations Karen Wespieser takes a look at the crucial role parents play in the education of children with literacy difficulties and shares some top tips on how parents can effectively communicate with their children's school and vice versa.  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels [...]

2504, 2019

Word of the Week – Pencil

April 25th, 2019|Categories: Word of the Week|

'Word of the Week' is DYT's weekly partnership with author Tim Glynn-Jones. Each week Tim will choose a word, exploring the history behind its meaning, pulling upon an assortment of wry observations on life as well as revealing some surprising historical facts and amusing home truths. This week: pencil.   Do you ever look at your pencil and wonder, “How [...]

2504, 2019

DYT summer term newsletter

April 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Welcome to the summer term Driver Youth Trust newsletter As we continue to welcome schools on to our 2019/20 Drive for Literacy programme, I am excited to share with you our new position paper on literacy difficulties. The new paper explains what we mean by 'literacy difficulties', the challenge they pose, and what needs to change to ensure every learner [...]

1004, 2019

Word of the Week – Forgetfulness

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Word of the Week|

'Word of the Week' is DYT's weekly partnership with author Tim Glynn-Jones. Each week Tim will choose a word, exploring the history behind its meaning, pulling upon an assortment of wry observations on life as well as revealing some surprising historical facts and amusing home truths. This week: forgetfulness. Now, what was I going to write about this week? Nope, [...]

504, 2019

Finding literacy hard shouldn’t lead to the dumb table!

April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, SEND|

DYT’s founder & chair Sarah Driver on why Ofsted’s new framework needs to look beyond learning to read. Today is the last day to submit a response to the Ofsted’s consultation on their new draft Inspection Framework. DYT’s response broadly welcomed the new framework, but we raised several points to be considered and I wanted to write about the one [...]

204, 2019

Literacy Difficulties – The DYT Position

April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blogs, News|Tags: , |

DYT have published a new position paper that explains what we mean by ‘literacy difficulties’, the challenge they pose, and what needs to change to ensure every learner is able to thrive. The DYT definition… Literacy difficulties are persistent difficulty in reading, writing, speaking and/or listening that may not be responsive to standard education approaches and requires further intervention. Literacy [...]

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