What we do 2019-03-19T11:48:21+00:00

Driver Youth Trust is challenging the system on behalf of young people with literacy difficulties.

We campaign to champion the interests of learners with literacy difficulties, to ensure society is better aware of their nature and impact so policymakers decide to do something about it.

The Issue

Literacy difficulties impact on life chances well beyond the school years. Crucially learners with literacy difficulties do not access the curriculum and can be excluded from social and economic participation.

Our Work

We seek to make local, regional and national politicians understand the impact of literacy difficulties and advocate for their support.
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Our Solution

We campaign to champion the interests of learners with literacy difficulties. To ensure society is better aware of the nature and impact they can have and so policy-makers decide to do something about it. We focus our campaigning efforts on areas where we believe our work can make systemic change to the lives of those young people who struggle with literacy.

What We Do

Influencing Policy Makers

We seek to make local, regional and national politicians understand the impact of literacy difficulties and advocate for their support.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

We attend which deal with issues APPGs such as dyslexia, speech and language difficulties and literacy to collaborate across the sector to get learners with literacy difficulties onto the parliamentary radar.

Briefings

We produce weekly and quarterly briefings to our network to help them better understand policy developments. We also present our work at conferences across the country.

Research Reports

Our Fish in the Tree report (2013) found that in relation to teaching children who struggle with literacy, 60% of teachers did not feel satisfied that Initial Teacher Training provided them with the skills to be able to effectively support them.

Click here to download full report.

Our Joining the Dots report (2015) found that at present SEND provision is fragmented, leading to difficulties in sharing information and knowledge. As a result, many children and young people do not receive the support they deserve and gaps in the system lead to wasted resources as well as disconnected or duplicated services.

Click here to download full report.

Find Out More
DYT Through the looking glass report

Our Through the Looking Glass report (2017) found that the 1.2 million learners with SEND are overlooked by government policy and strategies to improve literacy.

Click here to download full report.

The Week Ahead

Sign up for The Week Ahead — DYT’s weekly newsletter giving you the latest updates on literacy and SEND policy from Parliament and beyond. Use the “Newsletter sign up” form at the bottom of this page.

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