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by Lesley Drake
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED

Congratulations Amanda.

A great choice.
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: School marking policies - correction of spellings
Replies: 16
Views: 3372

Re: School marking policies - correction of spellings

Well I can still remember being crushed when I showed my Dad, a teacher btw, the front cover of a cook book I had made and he pointed out I'd spelled recipes wrong. And that was 50 years ago! So, limiting corrections to 3 would seem reasonable to me, especially if there are tons of mistakes. That wa...
by Lesley Drake
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62576

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Very depressed to see Project X Alien story books appear in schools. The publishers obviously think that schools want these books in order to practise reading alien words. Because the PSC has become a high stakes test, schools are doing daft, desperate things to boost results, when all they really n...
by Lesley Drake
Sat May 30, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 62576

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Amazing to see the usual canards about Downs children and children-who- can- already- read- being- force-fed- phonics being rolled out yet again! The PSC is needed not just for educational reasons but for political reasons too. In education there is so much political animosity to teaching children t...
by Lesley Drake
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: KS2 SATs re-sits Pros and Cons
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

KS2 SATs re-sits Pros and Cons

I have been following this topic on Twitter and thought we should have a thread on here about it. Part of me feels it is commendable to have a sense of urgency to try and get children who have not reached expected levels in lit and numeracy in Y6, focused help in Y7 to bring them up where they shoul...
by Lesley Drake
Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Master teachers' set to be new classroom elite
Replies: 17
Views: 3995

Re: 'Master teachers' set to be new classroom elite

Labour has already announced that all teachers in state schools would have to be qualified if Labour were to win the next election. Hunt also announces on Sunday that they would have to choose one of three new career routes, specialising either in classroom teaching methods, curriculum development i...
by Lesley Drake
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: new DfE funded mumbo-jumbo to aid literacy
Replies: 32
Views: 9176

Re: TES: new DfE funded mumbo-jumbo to aid literacy

I don't think it's actually true that the NLS and prior to that, the NLP was not research based.

http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/1436/1/Beard20 ... nal421.pdf

Whether it was based on the RIGHT research is the point!
by Lesley Drake
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4311

Re: All Together Now

Thanks for your post Yvonne. It echoes what I was trying to get across about our teachers not being "less intelligent," but needing to be better trained. And this of course is just one aspect of what should be looked at when considering how to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children....
by Lesley Drake
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4311

Re: All Together Now

"Self-referential statements with a particular sort of internal contradiction are known as "Russell paradoxes"; e.g. "The set of all sets that are not members of themselves". Your point, Ken? Sorry to have to ask you to spell it out for me, but I'm only a teacher. My Russell quote was there to poin...
by Lesley Drake
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4311

Re: All Together Now

Bertrand Russell? "If the Germans succeed in sending an invading army to England we should do best to treat them as visitors, give them quarters and invite the commander and chief to dine with the prime minister," Russell wrote to British critic Godfrey Carter. "Such behaviour would completely baffl...
by Lesley Drake
Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4311

Re: All Together Now

Jim's article called for more social integration as the way forward to improving educational outcomes for children from economically and socially deprived backgrounds, and he's right. While no-one would disagree that that teachers need and deserve the best possible training in order to do their job ...
by Lesley Drake
Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: All Together Now
Replies: 20
Views: 4311

Re: All Together Now

So Ken, You suspect that on average Finnish Primary teachers are more intelligent than those in the UK. And your suspicions are based on what? Do you know any Finnish primary teachers? Do you know any UK primary teachers? Have you data to go on, such as that deemed useful by Lord Kelvin? Jim, well d...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 23525

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

While this is an interesting debate, I would still ask where it is laid down in new government policy that children already fluent in decoding would be force fed phonics on entry to school?
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 23525

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Has anyone on here ever advocated forcing children who arrive in Reception reading fluently with good code knowledge to undergo a full phonics programme from the beginning again? Common sense says that no teacher would do this in the first place. Exactly the same as if a child came in with a good kn...
by Lesley Drake
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 6215

Re: Papermover again

Pulling a child out of school once a week to avoid guided reading is very poor advice. Yes, it's frustrating and wrong that the teacher is using searchlight strategies with the children, but this is one 30 minute slot a week. Your child probably gets to read one or two sentences as part of a group o...