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by SLloyd
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 4154

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

Thank you, Debbie, for pointing out Andrew Old's forensic analysis of the 'phonics denialists'. It says it all. We should be celebrating the PIRLS results, especially at the marked improvement for the 20% who struggle with learning to read. Common sense tells us that when children are fluent at read...
by SLloyd
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Blog-post by Debra Kidd
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Blog-post by Debra Kidd

Thank you, Jenny. I greatly admire all your dedicated work. I know how careful and fair minded you are about all the research and information that you read. You are an example to us all. It really is important to get the facts correct, especially for those people in positions of power.
Sue
by SLloyd
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading standards in England are best in a generation
Replies: 2
Views: 618

Re: Reading standards in England are best in a generation

Wonderful news. The PISA results have improved dramatically. Jenny, you have been forecasting this improvement, and now you have been shown to be correct. We are all delighted. It is very powerful when, on close examination in schools, an improvement is seen and then that improvement is reflect late...
by SLloyd
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New report from Ofsted
Replies: 1
Views: 614

Re: New report from Ofsted

This is an excellent report, Jenny. At last common sense has prevailed. How wise it was for Ofsted to look analytically at the schools that were good or outstanding, and find out how the staff managed to successfully teach the children to read and write by the end of Reception. That really does prep...
by SLloyd
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education
Replies: 5
Views: 780

Re: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education

Jim - I think that is why it is so important to learn from the schools that get exceptional results, especially those in disadvantage environments. If those schools can do it then so can all schools. From my experience, these effective schools teach strong systematic synthetic phonics, with extra su...
by SLloyd
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education
Replies: 5
Views: 780

Re: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education

Jim - these are interesting statistics linked to your posting (below) 51% of children on free school meals in London achieve A* to C grades in English and maths GCSE compared with a 36% average in all other regions. There is a gulf between the highest figures of 63% in Westminster and the lowest, 27...
by SLloyd
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

It is good to see this encouraging news. Naturally the children who cannot read easily are not going to read for pleasure. It looks like the phonic check has started to make a big difference. If teachers could just stop expecting children to read non-decodable books, in the early stages of learning ...
by SLloyd
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia revisited
Replies: 2
Views: 609

Re: Dyslexia revisited

Sadly it seems that Sarah Driver does not realise that the children she refers to, whether dyslexic or not, could have overcome their reading and writing problems, at an early age, through the use of strong synthetic-phonics classroom teaching and intervention. Dr Marlynne Grant has clearly shown th...
by SLloyd
Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Education Scotland: Briefing on Early Reading
Replies: 14
Views: 2776

Re: Education Scotland: Briefing on Early Reading

Jim's earlier posting made me wonder about the following. We know that many children from areas of social disadvantage perform well on reading and spelling tests when taught, from the beginning, with strong synthetic phonics. It would be interesting to know how many of these children manage to achie...
by SLloyd
Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: College of Teachers prof's article: Not just phonics?
Replies: 13
Views: 3110

Re: College of Teachers prof's article: Not just phonics?

Children must not rely just on phonics alone, but consider words as a whole. Targeting overall meaning before the mechanics of individual word decoding follows brain processing. Wrong way round again! This just encourages guessing, which is a difficult habit to eliminate. The children know straight...
by SLloyd
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 46724

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Just popping in for a quick word. I cannot understand what all this worry is about non-words. I read them all the time as I travel through the countryside. They are the names of villages and most of them have no sense at all!

Sue
by SLloyd
Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 46724

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Heather, I am surprised that you think the non-word ‘strom’ is the most difficult word on the test when, in reality, I think it is so easy. It is only one syllable, it starts with a consonant blend (very reliable) and ends with two simple, single letter sounds. When children and adults make mistakes...
by SLloyd
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 46724

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Oops - sorry .... no practising of non-words!
by SLloyd
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 46724

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Many years ago I was asked by an Austrian researcher to test 90 school children on a non-word reading test. I told the children that the words did not make sense and that they must work them out. There was no practicing of non-words. I gave one word as a demonstration and that was all. None of the c...
by SLloyd
Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New teaching standards and phonics
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Re: New teaching standards and phonics

The guidance worked, Volunteer. Thanks. What a shame being able to demonstrate a clear understanding of systematic synthetic phonics is considered only essential for those teaching early reading. How will the teachers further up in the school know how to support a poor reader? Also, how many years i...