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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Re: Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article

I'm linking this thread to another which features Jenny Chew's critique of the work of Margaret Clark and associates which, at the time of posting this message, has over 8,000 views so is clearly of great interest:

https://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtop ... f=1&t=6392
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article

Some critics of phonics and/or the phonics check are so vociferous, but so dangerously misleading, inaccurate and/or disingenuous, that I feel it is important to respond to their work in great detail - leaving no stone unturned. Then, if other people wish to promote the phonics check - for example i...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 43
Views: 11101

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

Thank you for flagging up the article in Nursery World, Jenny. I think it is very important that we keep addressing the criticisms of the phonics check and phonics - and this includes putting the record straight more often than not. I have taken some of your comments to add to the responses to the s...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics debate in Australia
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: Phonics debate in Australia

Professor Pamela Snow has written an outstanding post via The Snow Report blog with reference to the Phonics Debate - it is really worth reading in full: It’s time for a Reading Renaissance This article has been reproduced with permission from The Professional Educator , October 2018, special editio...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 2018 Phonics Screening Check results
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Re: 2018 Phonics Screening Check results

Many thanks, Jenny.

The link below to the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction includes some responses to the latest phonics check and other relevant issues including some worrying comments from teachers' union leaders:

https://iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1117
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The negative effects of Social Media
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Re: The negative effects of Social Media

Somewhat linked to this topic is Maryanne Wolf's worries about the effects of 'screen reading' on 'deep reading' (and thoughtfulness).

You can read an article about this similar topic here:

http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewto ... f=2&t=1074
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics debate in Australia
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: Phonics debate in Australia

It certainly was a tour de force, Jenny. Thank you for flagging it up. I started a thread featuring the debate and have included links to some good blog responses to the debate here: http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1044 For anyone with an interest in this topic, I think it is wo...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 43
Views: 11101

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

I'd like to contribute from my experience and thoughts about this issue of the difference between developmental stages and taught information: Many years ago when I was teaching a Reception class and using Jolly Phonics for the first time (discovered from its use in a neighbouring school), the staff...
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: 790

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: 43
Views: 11101

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: 43
Views: 11101

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: 43
Views: 11101

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: 1588

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: 43
Views: 11101

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: 43
Views: 11101

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 ...