News & Blogs 2019-07-08T17:57:28+01:00

News & Blogs

The next Prime Minister must invest in literacy for all children

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 [...]

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

Taking EEFs guidance on literacy one step further

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 [...]

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

Five charts the DfE didn’t want you to see

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 [...]

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

How do Ofsted inspectors ensure schools are supporting SEND learners?

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 [...]

June 24th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

A golden opportunity?

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 [...]

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

Keep calm and carry on teaching

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 [...]

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

Overdue arrivals…

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 [...]

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

Top tips for parents communicating with schools

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 [...]

May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

Word of the Week – Pencil

'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 [...]

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

DYT summer term newsletter

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 [...]

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

Word of the Week – Forgetfulness

'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, [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Literacy Difficulties – The DYT Position

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 [...]

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

Word of the Week – Queue

'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: queue   Apologies for the delay. Just trying to stay on trend. [...]

March 28th, 2019|Categories: Word of the Week|Tags: |

DYT welcomes new Ofsted inspection framework with call for a greater focus on effective literacy provision

Driver Youth Trust (DYT) has published its response to the new Ofsted framework, welcoming its focus on reading but warning that this needs to stretch beyond the early years. DYT have identified a bias toward early years and the initial development of reading in the Ofsted draft framework. We use our response to highlight to the inspectorate that for some [...]

March 27th, 2019|Categories: Inflencing policy makers, News, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , , , |

DYT Week Ahead: fighting for the forgotten third

25th March 2019  DYT's Top Story: ASCL have announced a new enquiry into the ‘forgotten third’ of pupils who fail to achieve at least a Grade 4 ‘standard pass’ in GCSE English and maths and to look into whether the current English Language qualification is fit for purpose. DYT will be feeding into the commission to highlight the impact of literacy [...]

March 25th, 2019|Categories: Briefings, News|Tags: , , |

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