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by kestrel
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 4065

David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling

http://www.learningspy.co.uk/literacy/can-phonics-help-us-spell-better/ An excellent rebuttal of Rosen's ill-founded and snide critique. Given that Rosen has been haunting David's blog, with increasingly ill-natured comments, I must admit I also thoroughly enjoyed David's conclusion: "I’m going to b...
by kestrel
Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 12573

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

I am wondering if there is any chance that academising primaries might actually improve phonics teaching in some schools, perhaps because they are no longer linked to LEAs, or become part of a chain that exposes them to other influences besides what other local schools are doing?
by kestrel
Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Information for parents/governors
Replies: 3
Views: 3563

Re: Information for parents/governors

I forgot to say the increase also applies for level 3 (it's level 2 I'm talking about above).

The number of pupils who achieved the higher Level 3 in their reading has moved from a steady plateau of 25/26% in 2007-2011, to 31% this year - again in regular annual increments.
by kestrel
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Information for parents/governors
Replies: 3
Views: 3563

Re: Information for parents/governors

This is from a post I've written elsewhere. The figures are taken from DoE reports of keystage 1 results for each relevant year. "Reading comprehension scores, as measured at the end of Key Stage 1, have risen from their previous plateau, particularly among SEN children: Number of children achieving...
by kestrel
Fri May 15, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Reading Recovery still funded directly by the government?
Replies: 4
Views: 2819

Re: Is Reading Recovery still funded directly by the government?

Thanks for all the replies! I suspected it must now be funded from pupil premium or similar, but wanted to make sure. My enquiry was prompted by reading about a school where the SENCO was also the reading recovery teacher.. :sad: .I wonder how many there are of those?
by kestrel
Wed May 13, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Reading Recovery still funded directly by the government?
Replies: 4
Views: 2819

Is Reading Recovery still funded directly by the government?

Hi, does anyone know the answer to this? Thanks.
by kestrel
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!
Replies: 7
Views: 4752

Re: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!

I don't know whether this was one huge lie that this was going on or that he knows some particularly idiotic heads. I remember that. He used the word "some" headteachers, and was careful not to specify an actual number. Of course, given that there are 17,000 primary schools in England, it's quite p...
by kestrel
Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!
Replies: 7
Views: 4752

Re: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!

Excellent critique, Debbie. I hope you are sending a copy to the magazine in question. Rosen is a master of rhetorical technique, and the art of implying fallacious or unsupported ideas in a way that allows him a strategic retreat or sidestep if challenged. Most people simply don't recognise how the...
by kestrel
Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Some Bank Holiday light reading
Replies: 10
Views: 6689

Re: Some Bank Holiday light reading

I love the fact that "writing reports in science" is an innovation ...unfortunately in many primary schools it would be, with comic strips and posters, or groupwork with one pupil acting as scribe being preferred as more "engaging" .
by kestrel
Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PGCE and phonics
Replies: 1
Views: 1914

PGCE and phonics

Apparently the Bristol PGCE tutors were still rubbishing phonics as recently as 2011, according to this blog:

http://mrbunkeredu.wordpress.com/2015/0 ... d-told-me/
by kestrel
Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 30899

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Jenny, I think it may just have been speculation. You make a good point about the difficulty of keeping track.
by kestrel
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 30899

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Oh, right, thanks Kenm. I'd forgotten about the dip. It's just that when I recently encountered the explanation that some teachers were just stopping the test at 32 (to "save time" or whatever), I was embarrassed to realise that idea hadn't occurred to me! However, I suppose there is no reason why b...
by kestrel
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 30899

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

I thought the non-cheating explanation for the spike - that some teachers were just stopping the test as soon as child hit 32 mark - sounded plausible?
by kestrel
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 30899

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

They are selling Henrietta Dombey's view of phonics in their publications section:

https://www.clpe.org.uk/publication/17
by kestrel
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What puts children off reading?
Replies: 2
Views: 2421

Re: What puts children off reading?

And an excellent response to the piece from The Quirky Teacher: http://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/why-there-is-no-reading-for-pleasure-anymore/ Guided reading sessions tend to be half an hour every day. In my experience, they are the most stressful and noisy sessions in the primary ti...