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RRF Newsletter 54 back to contents
New Pamphlet by Tom Burkard
Tom Burkard, Secretary of the Promethean Trust, has just produced a new pamphlet, ‘After the Literacy Hour: May the Best Plan Win!’ This has been published by the Centre for Policy Studies (tel. 020 7222 4488, fax 020 7222 4388, e-mail Tom Burkard argues that the Literacy Hour has failed: since its inception, 1,188,200 children have failed to reach Level 4 in the Key Stage 2 tests. He shows that good synthetic phonics teaching differs from the Literacy Hour both in what it does and in what it does not do. Minette Marrin is quoted as having written, in the Sunday Times of 1 December 2002, of hearing privately that Tony Blair had ‘sent a message to national numeracy and literacy advisors that they have only a year left to get their act together or he will scrap the literacy (and numeracy) strategy’. Burkard recommends that trials of synthetic phonics should now be conducted by ‘independent organisations with a reputation for impartiality and academic rigour’. He suggests that ‘Tony Blair has the chance to make our primary schools the first in the English-speaking world in terms of literacy’.




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