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by JIM CURRAN
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children with Language disorders
Replies: 0
Views: 1078

Children with Language disorders

Two children in every class start school with an unexplained language disorder Language is a fundamental human accomplishment. It is the foundation for literacy, underpins academic and social success, and is important for developing and maintaining relationships with others. So it is no surprise tha...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How understanding the brain affects learning potential
Replies: 0
Views: 1091

How understanding the brain affects learning potential

How understanding the brain affects learning potential

Does knowing whether the brain changes or is static have an impact on student success?

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... -potential
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing

In the school where I taught we tested all our children twice a year, once at Christmas and then again in June. Many of the children who came to the school failed to achieve Level 4 in either English or Maths at KS2. We still have selection at 11 and the most able are creamed off to the Grammar sect...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing

I would agree Maizie that KS3 testing wasn't great but I do think that a five year stretch without any formal testing is, given the stats quoted, proving problematic. I always feel rightly or wrongly that these things don't matter so much to children from more advantaged backgrounds but tend to work...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing

Ofsted chief calls for return of national tests for 14-year-olds Abolition of key stage 3 exams has allowed standards to drop and gap between rich and poor to grow, says Sir Michael Wilshaw http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/10/ofsted-national-tests-key-stage-3-sir-michael-wilshaw-seconda...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon May 30, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5
Replies: 9
Views: 5211

Re: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5

Boys who grow up around books 'earn more as adults'

'In this sense, we claim that books – like diamonds – are forever'

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 56356.html
by JIM CURRAN
Mon May 30, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5
Replies: 9
Views: 5211

Re: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5

'I think that nurseries and schools can go some way towards making up for a lack of home input, but I don't think they can ever do the whole job.' I think that most people would agree with that Jenny.
by JIM CURRAN
Sat May 28, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5
Replies: 9
Views: 5211

Re: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5

'Professionals need to match the level of adult input in such homes and make up for the lack of adult input for other children in language/literature impoverished homes.' Totally agree Debbie. In 'Beginning To Read' Marilyn Jager Adams calculated that by first Grade at six and a quarter her son John...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu May 19, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Inattention at 5 could leave children 3 months behind peers
Replies: 0
Views: 1131

Inattention at 5 could leave children 3 months behind peers

Inattention at 5 could leave children 3 months behind peers when leaving Primary School In one of the largest studies to date, analyzing the attainment and behavior of 46,369 children from 1,812 primary schools in England, research published in Learning and Individual Differences has shown that youn...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon May 16, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Trainees told to modify their accents for teaching phonics
Replies: 4
Views: 1396

Re: Trainees told to modify their accents for teaching phonics

Why are schools trying to wipe out regional accents? Lynsey Hanley The news that trainee teachers are being encouraged to adopt a more middle-class accent is part of a worrying trend Call it the “Downton effect”, or the return of old-fashioned regional snobbery, but there is, increasingly, one accep...
by JIM CURRAN
Sat May 14, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Use of digital devices and worse exam results
Replies: 0
Views: 1232

Use of digital devices and worse exam results

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance

http://www.theguardian.com/education/20 ... e-in-exams
by JIM CURRAN
Tue May 10, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SAT's
Replies: 0
Views: 1161

SAT's

'It's criminal the amount of time given over to SATs material that even the Prime Minister struggles with'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/20 ... rial-that/
by JIM CURRAN
Tue May 10, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Greg Brooks letter to Guardian
Replies: 6
Views: 1992

Re: Greg Brooks letter to Guardian

'We need the check to be used world-wide particularly in English-speaking countries.'

I totally agree Debbie.
by JIM CURRAN
Mon May 09, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 5968

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

Unions hail scrapping of English academy plans Teaching unions have welcomed the government's decision to ditch plans to force all state schools in England to become academies. They said the move was recognition that "one size" did not fit all schools. Ministers said the government had listened to c...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed May 04, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Teaching to Teach" Literacy
Replies: 2
Views: 1175

Re: "Teaching to Teach" Literacy

Thanks Jenny.