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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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October 24, 2017

This week, Julian visited Poppleton Ousebank primary school to learn more about their partnership with the national literacy charity, Driver Youth Trust. Together they will be implementing ‘Drive for Literacy’, DYT’s flagship programme – designed to support pupils with literacy difficulties by developing existing skills in schools.

Many children in the UK have literacy difficulties which are never identified, meaning they do not receive the specialist support they need. The partnership between DYT and Poppleton Ousebank will focus on building capacity in the school to provide inclusive learning that is specifically beneficial to children with literacy difficulties.

The Drive for Literacy programme brings together everyone in the school setting, from parents and governors to classroom teachers, to ensure the needs of all learners are being met. The programme includes a range of free resources that are accessible for parents to support their children at home.

Julian met with Mrs Estelle O’Hara, the headteacher of Poppleton Ousebank who made clear that inclusion is incredibly important to our school. Further to this, Mrs O’Hara stated that her team were looking forward to working with the Driver Youth Trust to further develop a whole school approach to supporting learners.

Speaking afterwards, Julian said: “It is great to see firsthand the techniques adopted in the classroom to support the teaching of pupils who struggle with literacy and learn more about the steps that Poppleton Ouesbank is taking to embed practices that will ensure every pupil receives the quality support and teaching that they need.” 

All the resources associated with Drive for Literacy, including further information for parents, are available online for free, at www.driveryouthtrust.com.