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RRF Newsletter 49 back to contents
How much do we value reading research?

The Reading Reform Foundation has drawn attention to the misconceptions that are rife, and that have prevailed for many years, about how to teach children to read. 

Everyone in the country should arguably be able not only to read, but also to understand the processes which are involved in learning to read and which take place during reading. Everyone should know the most effective and inclusive way to teach reading. 

What is clear to the RRF is that even people at the highest levels do not know or understand what reading research tells us. What is also clear is that this unsatisfactory state of affairs is not being addressed by those bodies that should be officially concerned about the current flawed advice to the country on how to teach reading.

How much as a nation do we value reading research? If the DfES will not heed the research, will the teacher training establishments and the teachers themselves? And why is our National College for School Leadership not taking a more active interest? And what about the General Teaching Council - and the politicians? We need more than individuals in these fields to express their interest and their concerns. We have a collective responsibility.




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