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

News & Blogs

2011, 2019

Driver Youth Trust finds a new home

November 20th, 2019|Categories: News|

At the end of summer, DYT packed its bags and moved into a new office in the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Centre in London. Settling in to our new office has proved to be an exciting and invigorating time. In addition to being home to a beautiful Literacy Library and a kitchen where illustrators draw art directly on [...]

2310, 2019

Commons Education Committee SEND report uncovers catastrophic lack of support

October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|

The House of Commons Education Committee has released a damning report on the state of SEND, supporting what we knew already – young people are being failed by a broken and unlawful system.    The report highlights the disparity between children’s needs and SEND provision, something DYT has campaigned to change in every school across the country. “The significant funding shortfall is a serious [...]

1810, 2019

DYT highlights importance of initial teacher training at APPG

October 18th, 2019|Categories: All-party parliamentary groups, Briefings, Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed, Research|

This year, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and Specific Literacy Difficulties is looking at the human, societal and educational impact of dyslexia. In reviewing educational impact, DYT was invited to parliament to provide evidence on teacher training and professional development and here is what we said… Dyslexia training for new teachers Each year around 30,000 teachers enter initial [...]

1810, 2019

Driver Youth Trust have partnered with Teach First to deliver on the Early Career Framework

October 18th, 2019|Categories: News|

Driver Youth Trust (DYT) is working with Teach First to support a pilot of the Department for Education's Early Career Framework. The programme is designed to support early career teachers in order to build their confidence, knowledge, competences and motivation. This early roll-out phase will help build evidence to support the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework which is [...]

1110, 2019

New evidence shows teachers doubt dyslexia

October 11th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, News, Research, SEND|

New evidence collected for Driver Youth Trust reveals a third of teachers have doubts about the validity of the term dyslexia. DYT’s CEO Chris Rossiter looks at what this means for learners struggling with the disorder.  The data, collected from nearly 6,000 teachers for Dyslexia Awareness Week [1], found that over a quarter of teachers (26%) believe that dyslexia is a useful [...]

1010, 2019

Classroom strategies resource supports learners with literacy difficulties

October 10th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, News, Uncategorized|

In honour of Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019, Senior Consultant Teacher Kenny Wheeler has created a resource full of classroom strategies to support learners with literacy difficulties. Here's what he had to say about the booklet, and what inspired him to write it. What does the classroom strategies resource focus on? Senior Consultant Teacher Kenny Wheeler Essentially, the resource [...]

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 [...]

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