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by Elizabeth
Fri May 06, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics: politics and practice
Replies: 0
Views: 1184

Phonics: politics and practice

See https://senmagazine.co.uk/articles/articles/senarticles/phonics-politics-and-practice for a super article about synthetic phonics teaching practice in England, by Debbie Hepplewhite. Phonics: politics and practice Official guidance may have caused more problems for teaching reading than it’s sol...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 05, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading

Thank you for the link to the report, Jenny. I have read it now. It does not explain in any detail what the children were taught. Jenny wrote: My own view is that neither promoted genuine synthetic phonics, but checking up on the details is not easy so many years later. My view is the same. I have l...
by Elizabeth
Tue May 03, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading

This is the summary I received by email from Best Evidence in Brief: The long-term impact of phonics instruction A discussion paper from the Centre for Economic Performance considers the impact of the introduction of synthetic phonics in English schools. In the wake of a major report in 2006 (the Ro...
by Elizabeth
Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New Baseline Assessments Not to be Used by Government
Replies: 0
Views: 934

New Baseline Assessments Not to be Used by Government

This is in the English government website updated a week ago, but I had missed it until today: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reception-baseline-assessment-guide-to-signing-up-your-school Information for primary schools about the reception baseline assessment for 2016 to 2017. Following publication of ...
by Elizabeth
Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2352

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

It depends on how “analytic phonics” is defined. I looked it up and found a few definitions which I have copied below. Not one of them conforms to all of the following points in the English National Curriculum: • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words • respond speedily with ...
by Elizabeth
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning
Replies: 4
Views: 1166

Re: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning

Yes. Here's the quote: This is the first of these papers. It collects together ten things that teachers have told us need to be considered and developed in schools that are successful in encouraging a lifelong love of literacy learning. It's not quite logical. I would have thought they mean these th...
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 1578

Re: Year 3 reading standards

It is really good to have this data and your analysis, Jenny. I am convinced that the Phonics Check is doing good. Not only has it ensured more focus on phonics teaching in Reception and Key Stage 1, but in some schools it is changing the culture of how children who struggle are taught. This is the ...
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning
Replies: 4
Views: 1166

CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning

I have a leaflet from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). It gives a list of ten things to be considered and developed in schools in order to encourage "a lifelong love of literacy learning". Here they are: 1. Developing an ethos and an environment that excites, enthuses, inspires a...
by Elizabeth
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 4800

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

I understand that academies don't have to follow the National Curriculum at all, but I may be wrong. (I couldn't easily get the information from the link Jenny gave. When I found the information, it was the same link and still didn't work from the message forum. I googled for "Do academies have to f...
by Elizabeth
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 4800

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

Hopefully, the Phonics Check will help to ensure basic phonics is taught. But the Phonics Check doesn't assess spelling or higher level phonics.
by Elizabeth
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 4800

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

This is worrying.

Academies don't have to follow the National Curriculum. Now we have systematic synthetic phonics firmly and clearly in the National Curriculum. Does this news mean fewer schools will teach synthetic phonics?
by Elizabeth
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pens are dead. Paper is dead. Handwriting is a relic
Replies: 5
Views: 1969

Re: Pens are dead. Paper is dead. Handwriting is a relic

I have often heard that there is evidence to show that writing words by hand helps pupils learn to spell. Can anyone tell me where to find this evidence?
by Elizabeth
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable Books
Replies: 8
Views: 1891

Decodable Books

I hear a lot about decodable books and, although I understand what people mean by them, and I may appear pedantic, I do think the way the term is used matters. When publishers and teachers talk about decodables and non-decodables, they are inferring that there is such a thing as a book that can be r...
by Elizabeth
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds
Replies: 6
Views: 1972

Re: Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds

From my experience as a class teacher, I would prefer external tests at the end of KS1, as long as I considered them fair and useful. Not only is teacher assessment open to bias, but it involves too much work for teachers. Teachers should spend their time preparing lessons without excessive paper-wo...
by Elizabeth
Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's happening in universities re. SP training?
Replies: 41
Views: 28331

Re: What's happening in universities re. SP training?

I was training in a school in Grantham yesterday and spoke to a post-graduate student teacher on placement there. Unfortunately, I forgot to note the university she attended. She said that they had some phonics training about Letters and Sounds and the Phases of Letters and Sounds at the university....