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by JIM CURRAN
Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forty Million Pound Failure
Replies: 3
Views: 1735

Failed Initiative

Hi Maizie I’m not sure what initiatives the Audit Office report refers to. I’m pretty certain that it doesn’t refer to the Linguistic Phonics initiative in Belfast which is much more recent than 1998 and has shown substantial increases in scores on standardised reading tests. I feel that it is much ...
by JIM CURRAN
Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forty Million Pound Failure
Replies: 3
Views: 1735

Forty Million Pound Failure

“A multi – million pounds strategy to improve pupils’ English and Maths has failed to prevent a quarter of children from leaving primary school unable to read and write properly” This is the opening paragraph of a front page story that appeared in “The Irish News” ( 29/01/06 ). The multi – million p...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: John Bald Guardian Letters
Replies: 1
Views: 1077

John Bald

John Bald excellent letter to The Guardian is both informative and factual. In comparison Michael Rosen’s reply is vague and opaque just what you would expect from Whole Language advocates.
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How treasury funds get squandered…
Replies: 5
Views: 2500

Wasted Funds

Tom , I would agree that Synthetic Phonics Reading Programmes are still in the infancy stage and like you I feel there is much more to come.
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fluent readers process every letter: who/what's the source?
Replies: 7
Views: 2972

Eye Movements

Hi Peter, there’s a good piece in “ How Psychological Science Informs The Teaching Of Reading” ( Perfetti et al 2001) page 16 on Eye Movements. Research by Keith Rayner has shown that the loss of a single letter can reduce reading speed by as much as 50%.
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning to Read - Reading to learn
Replies: 0
Views: 1561

Learning to Read - Reading to learn

Firstly children learn the skills needed to become readers, they learn how our alphabetic code works and how to use this knowledge to translate symbols into sounds and put these sounds together to make words. After lots of practice they will become fluent decoders and they can use this skill to then...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Independent:The phonics war isn't over yet
Replies: 10
Views: 3317

Independent

But we are worried by the notion that teachers are being made to adhere to one method, and one method alone. . Children learn to read using a variety of approaches and teachers should be free to use the technique, or combination of techniques, that work for each child. Contrary to popular opinion th...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery
Replies: 11
Views: 3772

Reading Recovery

Hi Anicka, interesting to read your post. Chapman, Tunmer and Prochnow ( 1999 ) have shown that when an extra phonics element was added on to the Reading Recovery programme it made a substantial difference to successful out comes. As far as I am aware Marie Clay has so far resisted any recommended c...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MEMORY
Replies: 20
Views: 6241

Memory

Hi Maizie, the Dyslexia Screening Test is published by The Psychological Corporation Limited, 24 - 28 Oval Road, London NW1 7DX
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MEMORY
Replies: 20
Views: 6241

Memory

Judy and all, you might be interested in the Dyslexia Screening Test ( DST- Fawcett and Nicolson ) which has a Backward Digit Span test. It can be used with children between the ages of 6.6 – 16.5 . It’s good for testing memory because it will give a more exact indication of how weak a child is, for...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NUT eat your heart out
Replies: 1
Views: 1250

NUT

I couldn’t agree more Lesley. The Teaching Unions without exception are no different than the educational elite who have caused most of this damage in the first place. The American Educator is a superb magazine and I would highly recommend it to any teacher who would like to see teaching become a 21...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 5
Views: 2739

Thanks

Thanks Mona, without you there would be no Rose Report and a personal thank you for all the support, advice and encouragement you gave me on my own voyage of discovery. :D
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UKLA response to the Rose Review final report
Replies: 3
Views: 1834

Whole Word

It is our contention that whole word, analytic and synthetic phonic approaches are all useful in helping the beginner reader to decode printed text How is it possible to “decode” an unfamiliar word using a whole word approach. The only way you can know a word using this approach is to have memorized...
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ROSE REVIEW: FINAL REPORT
Replies: 30
Views: 12148

Well Done

Well done to the Reading Reform Foundation and all its supporters and especially well done to Mona McNee our founding member.Also a heartfelt thank you to Jim Rose who has stuck to his guns inspite of fierce opposition. This huge U turn in government policy has taken place against all the odds and t...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Rose Review
Replies: 7
Views: 2533

Rose Review

I heard a piece on Radio 4 News this morning about the Government adopting a synthetic phonics methodology to be introduced into all schools. I’ve checked the papers but can’t find anything. I know the Rose report is due out today. Has anyone any more details?