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by volunteer
Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

In my disappointing experience, there are a lot of public bodies that have statutory duties but it is impossible for the public to make sure that they carry them out. Oops, I am starting to sound like Victor Meldrew.
by volunteer
Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Do the results still have the same dubious spike around the pass mark that they had in the first year when teachers knew the pass mark before administering the test?
by volunteer
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

I don't think our school used any of the match-funding scheme at all. We offered personally to give money for them to buy a whole load of phonics books and they would get the match funding which would double the purchase. They said no. The head told me that they spent £3k on phonics books, and that...
by volunteer
Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Probably. I don't think our school used any of the match-funding scheme at all. We offered personally to give money for them to buy a whole load of phonics books and they would get the match funding which would double the purchase. They said no. I think you might be coming up against some beliefs th...
by volunteer
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Did you go to the Wednesday meeting or not in the end? Is that the meeting that you apologised at the end of? Maybe she has been reading this board and knew it was a false apology! :shock: I am joking, of course. It's a shame that things started out badly at this school with the infant class size ap...
by volunteer
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Yes I agree. So if Papermover did not get an answer to her question about what today's agenda was to be, that might have been a clue that it was not the right sort of meeting to go to.
by volunteer
Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

I think that is very sound advice Elsie and I sincerely hope that they work for Papermover if the methods the school is using are having a detrimental effect on children's reading, spelling etc. Maybe I have read more into the situation than is actually the case as I have had several very bad experi...
by volunteer
Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Good. I think that is the right way at this stage to deal with it. What date and what grade was their last OFSTED report? And how is your daughter's reading going? It would be lovely to hear how you are feeling things are going and what you feel is due to the extra phonics teaching you have done wit...
by volunteer
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Ah right. You were stepping outside your allocated role, whatever that was! Never mind that you might have known a thing or two about what you were talking about and it could have improved reading outcomes at the school. Papermover is doing the same thing at her school - stepping outside her role as...
by volunteer
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

I would phone OFSTED and see what they think. It would be a "qualifying complaint". Not sure if you would have to take it through the school procedure first or not. Take a look at the other thread about the schools in Stoke and their reading inspections. You describe things which sound very like a l...
by volunteer
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

This actually sounds fairly typical I'm afraid. As a Governer 10 years ago I had an email warning me about the way I was challenging the school's practice! I have had several teachers and parents now tell me that autistic children respond well to Sounds-Write because it is so logical. It's incredib...
by volunteer
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover v RR teacher
Replies: 86
Views: 27338

Re: Papermover v RR teacher

Ok. If you don't want to, don't go to the meeting. They have no right to demand that you go into the school. You were very sensible to say that you would not go without your partner and that you wanted to know what it was about. My guess is, that from now on this is about making you feel the size of...
by volunteer
Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What puts children off reading?
Replies: 2
Views: 2211

Re: What puts children off reading?

Having to write a book review when you get to the end of it - that's another good put off for all but the future book critic.
by volunteer
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling in the new national curriculum for English
Replies: 19
Views: 5593

Re: Spelling in the new national curriculum for English

I suppose the issue is that, for a parent going shopping for books to help their child through the initial stages of learning to read, it's baffling and they are more likely to end up purchasing (or hiring via some of the websites that exist for this purpose) a "whole word" set of reading scheme boo...
by volunteer
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling in the new national curriculum for English
Replies: 19
Views: 5593

Re: Spelling in the new national curriculum for English

It certainly is the case at our school. I hesitate to think that they are unique as, despite being a small school, there's quite a trail of teachers passing through both on the staff and as parents - training, trained and old hands. This doesn't seem to lead to enlightenment of any sort. Still the b...