We want to see a time when all children, including those who struggle with literacy, are given the help they need to learn how to read and write; when children with dyslexia are identified and supported from an early age so that their dyslexia is not a barrier to learning and they are given the self-confidence they need to succeed in whatever they set out to do.
The Driver Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those who struggle with literacy, particularly children with dyslexia.
Building Partnerships – We work in partnership with other organisations to help children to access education, build their confidence and realise their goals.
Research – We commission research and campaign for policy change so that all children, including those with dyslexia, get the right support to learn to read and write and reach their full potential. Joining the Dots looks at the impact of recent education reforms on pupils with SEND, while Fish in the Tree asks the question ‘‘Why are we failing children with dyslexia?’.
Drive for Literacy – In partnership with Ark schools, we have developed Drive for Literacy. This is a programme that gives teachers a better understanding of how they can help pupils who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic. The programme gives them the skill set to make the necessary adjustments to meet the needs of these pupils so they can access the curriculum and experience success.
Why our work is so important
The Driver Youth Trust was founded by Sarah Driver after stumbling upon dyslexia when she married Mark and they had four children together. Sarah very rapidly moved from not really believing in dyslexia to becoming a committed campaigner for improving the chances of young people with special educational needs (SEN), and particularly dyslexia.