The Driver Youth Trust is a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND, particularly children with dyslexia. Our flagship programme, Drive for Literacy, is a whole school model for literacy, built around the Graduated Approach and starting from Quality First Teaching. Its aim is to build teacher capability and school capacity to identify and support children who struggle with reading, writing, speaking and listening. We commission research and campaign for policy change so that all children, including those with literacy difficulties, get the right support to learn to read and write, so that they can access the curriculum and experience success.
The Driver Youth Trust is a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND, particularly children with dyslexia.
Drive for Literacy is our flagship programme and is a whole school model for literacy, built around the following 3 principles:
- Equal access: where all children are able to learn despite their difficulties
- Understanding what literacy difficulties are and seeing merit in addressing its impact on educational outcomes for children and young people
- That good teaching practice that benefits those with literacy difficulties benefits all
Drive for Literacy uses the Graduated Approach, starting from Quality First Teaching. Its aim is to build teacher skills and school capacity.
The model is based around six Standards for Success, which emphasise:
- Embedded a culture with an ambitious vision of high expectations for what all learners can achieve and ensure high standards of provision for those learners
- Leadership that demonstrates a relentless focus on outcomes and impact for learners with literacy difficulties
- Collaborations with professional and local networks, which are used to drive school improvement and enhance the experience of learners
- Engagement with parents, learners that strengthens decision-making and reflects the needs of the local community
- Continuing Professional Development that promotes the status of teaching by enhancing abilities and self-efficacy
- Systems and processes that are aligned and integrated to deliver a whole school approach
The Drive for Literacy Model is captured in the Drive for Literacy Guide Book. The Drive for Literacy Guide Book is available free of charge for anybody who wishes to adopt Drive for Literacy in their school, cluster of schools or MAT.
Drive for Literacy is supported by a digital toolkit – hosted on the Driver Youth Trust site. www.driveryouthtrust.com. This has a range resources – free to download and to use – that support schools to achieve the Standards within Drive for Literacy. These resources – which focus on supporting literacy for all children in class, across school, at leadership level and within SEND teams - can also be used for schools who have not adopted Drive for Literacy.
The Drive for Literacy Model was developed with Ark Schools and the model and its materials have been designed and produced by Driver Youth Trust and exceptional teachers and school leaders. They reflect good practice and the latest educational research.
Driver Youth Trust is now supporting a number of schools in Wigan and Hastings to implement the Drive for Literacy approach by providing free training and consultancy alongside the Guidebook and Toolkit.
Drive for Literacy Model is now being tested in secondary schools within Ark Schools and will be rolled out to a small cluster of other schools in 2018.