29th April 2019 

DYT’s Top Story:

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dyslexia has published a new report ‘The human cost of dyslexia,’ which features recommendations and findings from Literacy difficulties: The DYT position’.

News round-up:

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Literacy: 5 ways to boost reading with parents

Reading with parents can make a huge difference to children’s literacy – but Beanstalk’s Ginny Lunn writes in TES about 5 pitfalls to avoid.

Mollie King spent her childhood feeling ‘stupid’ before being diagnosed with dyslexia

The former Saturdays singer delivered a powerful speech about her experience of dyslexia at the All-Party Parliamentary Group as an ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association.

Councils place ‘unlawful hurdles’ in way of parents seeking SEND support

Alison Fiddy, the chief executive of IPSEA, told the Education Committee that councils were engaging in “gatekeeping” when it came to SEND support, by setting “unlawful” criteria to qualify for an EHCP assessment.

DYT’s Week Ahead:


Education Questions – Damian Hinds faces a question on what steps he is taking to provide additional support for neurodiversity in schools and Ministers will be asked about the DfE’s assessment of the effectiveness of teaching early literacy through phonics.


The Education Committee will hold an accountability session questioning Lord Agnew and Dominic Herrington, who has just  been confirmed as the permanent National Schools Commissioner. The session will analyse the government’s vision for the school system.


The Education Committee will reconvene to discuss the progress made by the Department for Education’s opportunity areas. In a new short inquiry announced last week, the committee will explore how key projects or areas of work are being measured and evaluated in the 12 areas.

DYT will be attending the APPG for Assistive Technology, which will focus on the SEND strand of the EdTech agenda. The Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP will the give the keynote address.


Get in touch:

Dan Baynes
Policy Executive