News & Blogs 2018-11-06T13:16:58+00:00

News & Blogs

What will 2019 bring for education policy?

DYT’s Policy and Public Affairs Executive, Dan Baynes looks at what’s coming up on the policy agenda and the work DYT will be doing to promote learners with literacy difficulties. Read his first blog looking back on our policy work from 2017-18. 2018 was a slow year for education policy. Brexit dominated the political discourse and the Department for Education [...]

January 4th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Briefings, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , , |

Reflections on DYT’s policy successes

It’s been 18 months since the 2017 general election. This means 18 months have passed since we unveiled the first DYT policy campaign, with our pledge requests to policy-makers to make learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) a priority. With 2018 coming to an end, now is the perfect time to look back on our campaign and reflect [...]

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , , |

Make a commitment to improve your schools literacy in 2019

Wrapping paper has been cleared away and recycled (hopefully!), the tree and decorations are back in the loft, it’s dark outside, and February feels such a long way away. That can only mean one thing… Back to school! But there’s that one child in your class that you’re worried about. A bright child who answers every question spot on, but [...]

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

DYT Week Ahead: Early Christmas present for councils on SEND funding?

  Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  17th December 2018  Welcome to the last Week Ahead briefing of 2018. It's been a tumultuous political year as difficulties over Brexit continue to dominate the attention of Westminster. Whilst this has meant a quieter time for education policy (to the relief of many teachers!) some important policy changes [...]

December 17th, 2018|Categories: Briefings, News, Policy News Feed, The Week Ahead|Tags: , , |

DYT Week Ahead: Time for Ofsted to turn words into action

Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  10th December 2018  Last week I asked if SEND provision would feature in Ofsted's Annual Report, we learnt on Tuesday that not only did it get covered but was a central tenant of Amanda Spielman's speech and the media coverage that followed. Our Director of Operations, Karen Wespieser [...]

December 10th, 2018|Categories: Briefings, News, Policy News Feed, The Week Ahead|Tags: , , , |

Five things we learned about literacy in the Ofsted Annual Report

DYT Director of Operations Karen Wespieser takes us through five key takeaways on literacy from Amanda Spielman’s Ofsted report, including the claim that ‘ensuring children master literacy is a central issue of social justice' The basics Unlike SEND, literacy always gets fair coverage in Ofsted Annual Reports. This year was no different, and literacy was front and centre on the [...]

December 6th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

Five things we learned about SEND in the Ofsted Annual Report

DYT Director of Operations Karen Wespieser takes us through five key takeaways on SEND from Amanda Spielman's Ofsted report, and calls for Her Majesty's Chief Inspector to ensure that no school can be outstanding unless they can also demonstrate they are inclusive.   SEND is important to Ofsted The focus on SEND in the Ofsted annual report was unprecedented. In raw [...]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , , |

Acknowledging the importance of early literacy is just the first step to delivering for all pupils

DYT CEO Chris Rossiter takes a look at recent comments by Amanda Spielman at Ofsted’s annual report launch and Nick Gibb in Conservative Home on the importance of early literacy in primary education, questioning whether their statements truly reflect the reality for children with SEND. Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector at Ofsted published her annual report today saying that the importance [...]

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , , |

Will SEND provision feature in Ofsted’s Annual Report?

Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  3rd December 2018  The debate over the Brexit deal continues to impact the Department for Education. Universities Minister, Sam Gyimah, resigned on Friday calling for another referendum and warning of the impact leaving the EU could have on higher education. It comes at the start of a busy week for [...]

December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Briefings, News, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , , |

DYT and ‘Word of the Week’ – A new collaboration

Driver Youth Trust is excited to announce a new partnership with author, Tim Glynn Jones on ‘Word of the Week’.  Tim explores the meaning behind words and describes an assortment of wry observations on life as well as revealing some surprising historical facts and amusing home truths. DYT’s Director of Education, Jules Daulby explains why this is such an exciting [...]

November 30th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

Literacy hubs will not include specialist dyslexia support

Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  26th November 2018  With less than a month until the Christmas recess, education policy was on turbo-drive last week with six announcements from the Department for Education. There were also a number of speeches at the Academies Show, including a champagne-related gaffe from Academies Minister, Theodore Agnew and what life might be like [...]

November 26th, 2018|Categories: Briefings, News, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , , |

Clues to Ofsted’s new inspection regime

Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  19th November 2018  The political world was shaken by publication of the Brexit withdrawal agreement last week which led to several government resignations, including the Department for Education's Parliamentary Private Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Although the EU continues to be the focal point of attention, there are some important events to highlight [...]

DYT welcomes “Promising Start” to early language and literacy SEND funding

The Department for Education has today announced around £18 million worth of funding to support early development in literacy and language at home.  Education Secretary, Damian Hinds announced the policy saying that “Education begins long before children arrive in the classroom. It begins as soon as they leave the maternity ward, in the crucial early years in the home, where their [...]

Government faces MPs on education

  Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  12th November 2018  This week sees the important issue of anti-bullying at the forefront, DYT will join a wide range of organisations in raising awareness of the 'Choose Respect' campaign (our Senior Consultant, Kenny Wheeler has kicked things off!) It's also a busy start of the week [...]

November 12th, 2018|Categories: Briefings, News, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , |

Driver Youth Trust at ResearchSEND

Driver Youth Trust’s CEO, Chris Rossiter presented at ResearchSEND 2018 Conference in Manchester. The conference took place on Saturday 10th November at Manchester Metropolitan University and ran in conjunction with @WholeSchoolSEND (A consortium committed to improving outcomes for C&YP with SEND).   The Presentation Chris's presentation, 'How Driver Youth Trust (DYT) uses research to inform Practice' took a look at [...]

November 12th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

Debate over school funding rolls on

Read DYT's education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus.  5th November 2018  Education funding remains the big issue this week as the fallout over the Chancellor's "little extras" for schools continues. Three of the biggest teaching unions have taken "an unprecedented step" of consulting their members over what to do next to campaign on school funding - industrial [...]

November 5th, 2018|Categories: Briefings, News, Policy News Feed|Tags: , , |

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