23rd April 2019 

DYT’s Top Story:

DYT was one of 59 signatories in this letter to The Times calling on Labour not dismiss Key Stage 2 National Assessments without clearly articulating the alternative.

Whilst we feel there are areas of the current system that should be reformed to better support learners with literacy difficulties, we do not support the wholesale dismissal of KS2 assessments without a clear view of what will replace them.

News round-up:

Corbyn: Labour will scrap SATs

The Labour leader told the annual conference of the National Education Union that his party will end the “regime of extreme pressure testing” if it wins power. The government responded that “turning our back on testing would put progress and children’s futures at risk”.

Partnership with parents is crucial for Ofsted

DYT Director of Operations, Karen Wespieser wrote for TES looking at the vital role parents play in the education system. 

SEND provision in ‘crisis,’ teachers warn

The National Education Union’s conference raised the plight of pupils with SEND, as they backed new action to lobby for more spending.

The dyslexia test that could help people get earlier diagnosis

Cardiff Metropolitan University is carrying out trials using new technology to speed up diagnoses for dyslexia.

DYT’s Week Ahead:


The Education Committee will hold the next session of its SEND inquiry at 9:15am.

The Committee will first question Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on their role holding local authorities to account through joint inspections.

The second panel will focus on problems in the system and their resolution, focusing on accountability within the system and the use of tribunals.


A cross-party group of MPs will lead a backbench business debate on school funding.


Get in touch:

Dan Baynes
Policy Executive