Promoting an education system where all children are taught literacy regardless of their label
Welcome to Teach Us Too:
A campaign for all children to be taught to read and write, whatever their label or diagnosis.
Teach Us Too has grown from one child’s desire to change the experiences of others in a similar position.
Following the overwhelming reaction to the petition, we realised the need for a wider campaign. Along with more information about the campaign, on this website you will find resources, links and information which we hope will be useful for parents, students and professionals.
Our aims are to:
Challenge attitudes and assumptions based on labels.
Influence educational practice and encourage ambition.
Share good practice for practitioners and parents alike.
The story behindTeach Us Too
For 3 years Jonathan Bryan attended his local Special School with the label “Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities” (PMLD), where he was taught very basic letters and numbers with little or no progression from one year to the next. When he was 7 years old, and at the start of year 3, his mother took him out of special school for a few hours a day to teach him to read and write. They started whole word reading, and basic phonics and progressed on to spelling out words and writing sentences. By the age of 9 Jonathan was using a spelling board to write everything that he wanted to say, and he left special school to join his peers at his local primary school.
Following his recovery from a serious illness when he was 10, Jonathan felt he had been given extra time to make a difference in education for children who are non-verbal like him. As he was recovering he set up the Teach Us Too campaign in June 2016, with a campaign that was covered in national media and a petition on change.org. In November 2016 Jonathan presented his petition with over 180,000 signatures to the Minister who is responsible for Special Educational Needs.
Jonathan continues to use his voice to campaign for changes in education so that all children are taught at school to read and write.
In July 2017 Jonathan released a short film onto You Tube to raise awareness of this issue.
Click here to watch Jonathan’s video.