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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed May 30, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UKEdCHAT podcast of Debbie's views on use of nonsense words for routine practice
Replies: 0
Views: 315

UKEdCHAT podcast of Debbie's views on use of nonsense words for routine practice

There continues to be a significant number of phonics detractors - particularly with regard to the use of nonsense words in England's statutory end of Year One phonics screening check. I am personally very pleased that we have this phonics check - I think it is invaluable for professional developmen...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 6298

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

I'd like to pick up on something that Maizie quoted and then questioned because the statement is based on 'opinion' as opposed to 'evidence': However, the "ideal" phonics program would probably incorporate features from implicit phonics as well This rationale is one I agree with - it really means 's...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 6298

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

Thanks, Jenny, for raising these further questions about the various studies and references to them. The Devil is in the Detail and it is looking likely that some phonics detractors are not careful, or knowledgeable, enough when it comes to understanding the detail. I attended the DfES 2003 phonics ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 6298

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

Thanks, Sue, for your comments. Below is a link to a thread via that International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction featuring Ofsted's 'Bold Beginnings' report. I have included responses to the report - both positive and negative! I am sure that the author/s of the report knew full well ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Blog-post by Debra Kidd
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: Blog-post by Debra Kidd

Here is a direct link to the 'Reading the Evidence...' thread that Jenny mentioned above: http://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6392 Re Debra Kidd's blog post: Debra has many followers via Twitter and it is a great shame that she perhaps inadvertently, or otherwise, writes in such a way...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 6298

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

Yes, it is crucial to highlight the errors in the book even if not a full review.

No doubt there will be more to add over time.

Most appreciated.
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 6298

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

Jenny - thank you for reviewing Clark's book. Your review is invaluable. I have shared it via the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction and via various networks and Twitter. http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=935&p=1772#p1772 You'll note that I've also added a ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Early Excellence pulls out of bid for reception baseline test
Replies: 0
Views: 959

Early Excellence pulls out of bid for reception baseline test

One for England in the TES (Times Educational Supplement):

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/br ... eline-test
Early Excellence pulls out of bid for 'unworkable' Reception baseline test

Helen Ward
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Literacy: A moral right' Debbie's article in Headteacher Update
Replies: 0
Views: 849

'Literacy: A moral right' Debbie's article in Headteacher Update

The publication of this article is very timely following immediately after the Scottish hearing of Anne Glennie's petition calling for teacher-training in evidence-informed reading instruction specifically to include systematic synthetic phonics. I suggest that this article, too, has international r...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry

Here is a direct link to youtube video footage showing only the hearing of Anne's petition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mzciIZ ... e=youtu.be
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 1462

Re: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally

Below is a link to further information about the circumstances of Anne initiating a petition in Scotland:

http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewto ... ?f=3&t=904
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 1462

Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally

RRF and IFERI committee member, Anne Glennie, initiated a petition in Scotland calling for research-informed teacher-training for reading instruction - specifically to include systematic synthetic phonics. In the video, Anne Glennie gives evidence alongside Gordon Askew (IFERI committee member) and ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry

RRF committee member, Anne Glennie, has fought tirelessly to draw attention to the fact that teachers in Scotland are not routinely trained in evidence-informed systematic synthetic phonics practices and that this is contributing to the low literacy levels in the country. Anne initiated a Scottish p...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hello again...
Replies: 3
Views: 889

Re: Hello again...

Hi Jimbo, It's really good to hear from you after quite a while! Welcome back to the RRF forum! We hope you are well! You will have noticed that the RRF now has a new-look site - thanks to our newest RRF committee member, Anne Glennie, who is a dab hand at creating websites with a more modern look! ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Aarti Naik, Changemaker, Mumbai, INDIA describes her work
Replies: 0
Views: 814

Aarti Naik, Changemaker, Mumbai, INDIA describes her work

The amazing Aarti Naik has sent the following message to the Reading Reform Foundation with a link to her website. I do hope people will follow the link and watch the video footage of Aarti describing the work of educating girls living in slums in Mumbai. It is heartwarming and inspirational. Dear R...