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RRF Newsletter 55 back to contents
Snippet from West Berkshire
Kevan Collins, National Director of the Primary National Strategy, is quoted, in the Summer 2005 Newsletter of the West Berkshire Special Needs Support Team, as saying: ‘The Clackmannanshire study is an endorsement of the emphasis placed on phonics by the National Literacy Strategy and provides statistical evidence of the effectiveness of phonics on literacy attainment for both girls and boys’. The fact is, however, that the Clackmannanshire approach has completely closed the gap between boys and girls, whereas the NLS approach has not. This difference, together with others highlighted in the PhAQs article above, means that the Clackmannanshire study cannot be taken as an endorsement of the NLS type of phonics.




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