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by James Curran
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: families of white working-class children 'lack drive'
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: families of white working-class children 'lack drive'

'White working-class children have fallen behind because their families can “lack the aspiration and drive seen in many migrant communities,” according to Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England.' I feel that ethnicity is a bit of a red herring here and that the real problem is po...
by James Curran
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: families of white working-class children 'lack drive'
Replies: 1
Views: 40

families of white working-class children 'lack drive'

Ofsted chief: families of white working-class children 'lack drive' of migrants

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... f-migrants
by James Curran
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: schools across the UK should ban mobile phones
Replies: 0
Views: 30

schools across the UK should ban mobile phones

Matt Hancock: schools across the UK should ban mobile phones
The culture secretary who heads up the digital brief says tech makes parenting harder

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... ile-phones
by James Curran
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How inequality shapes children's 'natural ability'
Replies: 0
Views: 185

How inequality shapes children's 'natural ability'

How inequality shapes children’s ‘natural’ ability from day one: an extract from The Inner Level Rather than innate ability determining where people end up in a supposedly meritocratic hierarchy, the apparent abilities of children and their subsequent social status are instead heavily influenced by ...
by James Curran
Wed May 30, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Students don't do so well in exams when it's hot
Replies: 0
Views: 118

Students don't do so well in exams when it's hot

Students don't do so well in exams when it's hot – so is it time to overhaul the academic year? New US research suggests a drop in performance with rises in average yearly temperature. Bad news for the UK’s sweltering students? Discuss https://www.theguardian.com/education/shortcuts/2018/may/30/stud...
by James Curran
Fri May 04, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teachers to be offered year's paid sabbatical
Replies: 0
Views: 194

Teachers to be offered year's paid sabbatical

Teachers to be offered year's paid sabbatical to improve retention


https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... -retention
by James Curran
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5137

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Thanks Jenny, for a very clear and concise description of the difference between Analytic and Synthetic Phonics and how Synthetic Phonics enables children to self teach and become independent whereas with Analytic Phonics children will always be dependent on a third party.
by James Curran
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Every lesson is a battle
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Every lesson is a battle

Every lesson is a battle’: Why teachers are lining up to leave Ellie Jones, 40, is an assistant secondary headteacher. Most mornings she gets up at 4 to do paperwork, arrives at school for 7.30 and gets home at the earliest around 6pm – often later – despite only teaching 11 hours (half a full timet...
by James Curran
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5137

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

I’ve just read the chapter by Stephen Krashen, ‘Does Phonics deserve the credit for improvement in PIRLS?’ We’re back to phonics as a strategy of last resort when all the guessing fails. I find it difficult to take seriously anyone who uses the Smith example of ‘The man was riding the h-----.’ as a ...
by James Curran
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children in north 'face double whammy'
Replies: 0
Views: 440

Children in north 'face double whammy'

Children in north 'face double whammy' of poverty and bad schools Children growing up in the north’s most deprived communities face a “double whammy” of familial disadvantage and poor institutional performance, with up to 15% of children in some areas dropping out of education and training before th...
by James Curran
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How handwriting is helping EAL pupils
Replies: 0
Views: 445

How handwriting is helping EAL pupils

How handwriting is helping EAL pupils to leap the language barrier
To develop fluency, teachers are encouraging students with English as an additional language to put pen to paper

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-net ... r-teachers
by James Curran
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Another attack on synthetic phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Re: Another attack on synthetic phonics

Thank you, for a very interesting post Jenny.

'Here in the UK, we have not had s.p. investigated in the way that the government recommended in 2005 it should be investigated, and yet people are implying that this has been done and s.p. has been found wanting. This is unacceptable.'

Totally agree.
by James Curran
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Philpot 1945-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 602

Re: David Philpot 1945-2018

Yes, sad news and thank you John.
by James Curran
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Born to fail?
Replies: 0
Views: 585

Born to fail?

Born to fail? No. But working class children do need help to succeed

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-net ... ged-pupils