Our mission

We believe every young person should access the highest quality education that is responsive to their literacy needs. We advocate for learners with literacy difficulties and campaign for systemic change on their behalf.

Support for teachers, learners and schools

49% of classes in mainstream education include a learner with dyslexia or literacy difficulties, but the majority of initial teacher training courses spend less than a day on how to support learners who struggle with literacy. We believe that wherever they are in their career, teachers need to be better equipped to provide effective support to learners with persistent literacy difficulties and SEND. 

Our mission is to help all children and young people with literacy difficulties. We do this by:

  • Working in partnership with teachers and educational professionals to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to identify and support learners with literacy difficulties and SEND.
  • Campaigning on behalf of learners, teachers and schools so that they have the resources and support they need to succeed.

Far too many young people leave school with inadequate literacy skills. Young people with SEND make up a significant proportion of these learners. We need to invest in schools and teachers so that they become the catalyst to facilitate systemic change.

Chris Rossiter, CEO

Our story

DYT was founded by Sarah and Mark Driver in 2007. As parents of four children, three of whom have dyslexia, the Drivers spent over 20 years struggling with the education system.

They created a charity that would work to ensure that all learners who struggle with reading and writing can get an education that is responsive to their needs.

Over 10 years later, and with more than 15,000 teachers trained, DYT has matured from a grant-giving fund to a national charity that develops programmes, conducts research, supports schools and influences policy.

Sarah and Mark Driver; the founders of DYT

Transform your teaching with DYT

New for the 2020-21 academic year, our professional development webinars, workshops and programmes have been designed by subject experts in literacy difficulties, dyslexia and SEND.

Book onto a flexible hour-long webinar this May-July, or sign up for one of our intensive and comprehensive programmes for SENCos or Literacy Leads (starting in September 2021). 

Perfect for teachers, TAs and school leaders alike, you’ll leave with the skills, knowledge and strategies to truly transform literacy in your school.

A teacher works with two early-years pupils

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