18th February 2019 

DYT’s Top Story:

Last Thursday, DYT’s Senior Consultant Teacher, Kenny Wheeler delivered training on ‘struggling readers and writers’  to Harris ITE’s entire cohort of 150 trainee teachers.

DYT analysis shows that there is a “confidence crisis” among new teachers when supporting SEND learners. Providing training is one of the direct ways DYT seeks to address this.

News round-up:

February half-term newsletter 

In DYT’s latest newsletter you can read about our Education Team who have been working across the country to deliver DfL and bespoke training, catch up on our recent press coverage and learn about our forthcoming research on specialist literacy teachers.

Word of Mouth: Dyslexia 

The BBC’s Word of Mouth programme has taken an in-depth look at dyslexia. Michael Rosen was joined by Professor Maggie Snowling to discuss what dyslexia is and provide useful advice for parents and teachers.

Timpson review to demand excluded pupils count in schools’ results

Schools Week looks ahead to the Timpson review on exclusions which is set to recommend that schools retain responsibility for the results of pupils they exclude, something DYT called for in our response to the review.

DYT’s Week Ahead:


House of Lords: The government will face questions on the impact of the closure of local libraries in England. According to a survey in 2017, 82% of parents said public libraries help children get ready for school, and 85% said they help children with speaking and listening skills.


House of Lords: Lord Agnew will be back to answer queries about recent changes to access to free school meals following the delay to the roll out of Universal Credit. Research shows that there is a significant overlap between disadvantage and literacy difficulties, 17% of learners with specific learning difficulties and 24% of learners with speech, language and communication needs are eligible for free school meals.

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Dan Baynes
Policy Executive