18th March 2019 

DYT’s Top Story:

On Saturday, DYT presented at the ASCL conference in Birmingham to share findings from our new research report that explores specialist dyslexia provision ten years on from the Rose Report.

Read Karen’s blog for ASCL on how specialist teachers can be deployed in today’s education system.

News round-up:

See DYT in action

DYT is participating in a large number of conferences, seminars, training events and briefings in the coming months. Find out more information about each event and how you can attend.

The Forgotten 31.6%

FFT Education Datalab reported on the ‘forgotten third’ of students who didn’t achieve a standard pass in GCSE English Language in 2017, at least 70% of  whom spent some time on a school’s SEN register during their school career (including primary school).

Hinds speech to ASCL

In a wide-ranging speech at the ASCL conference, the Education Secretary told headteachers he hears concerns about funding “loud and clear” and announced a new advisory group on wellbeing to help improve teachers’ mental health.

Labour SEND spokesperson resigns

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Emma Lewell-Buck resigned from her position after defying the party’s whip to vote against the holding of a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

DYT’s Week Ahead:


The Education Committee hears about the experiences of young people with SEND. They will discuss the support they receive in school and college, the help they get to access employment, and talk about the characteristics of high-quality support and effective Education Health and Care Plans.

In the evening, Whole School SEND host an annual reception to mark the completion of year one of the Workforce in Mainstream and Special Schools Contract 2018-2020.


There is a Westminster Hall debate on SEN Support in schools, an issue DYT has been campaigning heavily on over the last year as this is the category that the vast majority of learners with literacy difficulties are identified as in schools. Learners on SEN support make up 11.7% of the pupil population but often are overlooked by policy-makers.

DYT senior consultant teacher, Kenny Wheeler is at the Future of SEND conference in London to present:‘Optimising the role of SENcos to ensure children and young people have their needs met in mainstream schools.’ 


The House of Commons holds a general debate on services for people with autism.

Get in touch:

Dan Baynes
Policy Executive