Read DYT’s education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus. 

28th January 2019 

Damian Hinds has been touring the broadcast studios this morning to promote his new strategy for recruiting and retaining teachers. The plan includes cash incentives, a new early career framework and a reduction in paperwork duties that teachers have to do – Schools Week cover the 11 new policies being announced today.

Coming up this week:


The Department for Education publish the Teacher recruitment and retention strategy and Early Career Framework (ECF). DYT welcomes the focus on SEND and literacy to support new teachers, which we fed into the consultation process of the ECF.

The House of Commons finishes off the day by debating the relationship between school exclusions and youth violence.


The Education Committee’s SEND inquiry turns to post-16 support. The session will take evidence from Mencap, Natspec and representatives from FE and specialist colleges.


There is a Westminster Hall debate on school funding in Gloucestershire at 11 am.


Education Committee member, Lucy Powell MP leads a debate in the House of Commons on the sustainability of maintained nursery schools.

If you missed it:

DYT at launch of ‘Get Hastings reading’ 

We joined a range of stakeholders at the launch of the National Literacy Trust’s campaign in Hastings to promote enjoyment of reading across the town. We were delighted to meet the Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd MP and discuss our work to promote inclusion and literacy in Hastings.

Twenty point gap in Attainment 8 score between pupils with literacy difficulties and their peers 

Read DYT’s thread on the newly published KS4 data last week. The data shows us that there is still more to be done and that there needs to be a greater focus on learners with literacy difficulties

Hinds: “technology has the power to transform education”

The Education Secretary used his first big speech of the year at Bett to call on the technology industry to find solutions to “transform education, cut woodwork and improve pupil outcomes.” 

Leading geneticist: diagnosing dyslexia is “wrong” 

TES’ front page led with an interview of Professor Robert Plomin of King’s College London, who asked “what do we have to gain by calling (reading problems) dyslexia?”  The BDA’s CEO, Helen Boden responded:“Mainstream experts now agree that dyslexia is a complex neurological difference that affects, yes, reading but also many other parts of a dyslexic’s brain.” 

Get in touch:

Dan Baynes
Policy Executive