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by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Accelerated Reader and early reading
Replies: 0
Views: 1092

Accelerated Reader and early reading

From Best Evidence in Brief Not so fast for Accelerated Reader and early reading Accelerated Reader is a computerised supplementary reading programme that provides guided reading instruction from ages 4-18. It aims to improve reading skills through reading practice and by frequent feedback on studen...
by Elizabeth
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 1813

Re: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling

It is difficult to believe Michael Rosen still doesn't understand what phonics teaching is all about. It wouldn't matter, except that he gets lots of publicity and many people seem to take him seriously.
by Elizabeth
Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Trainees told to modify their accents for teaching phonics
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

Re: Trainees told to modify their accents for teaching phonics

Joan wrote: I've been thinking about this, and wondered how all you trainers advise the classroom teachers you train? I find some classroom teachers worry about their accent, but it is not usually a problem. I agree with FE Tutor: they should be told to talk about differences and model in the region...
by Elizabeth
Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Trainees told to modify their accents for teaching phonics
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

Re: Trainees told to modify their accents for teaching phonics

I wrote a reply on this topic to Phys.org: http://phys.org/news/2016-05-exposes-prejudice-teachers-northern-accents.html I have found that there are people in the South of England who believe that they speak correctly with no accent and that other people have accents. This is an illogical and prejud...
by Elizabeth
Fri May 06, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading
Replies: 13
Views: 4304

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

I think it is likely that no-one was deliberately inaccurate or dishonest. However, if the programme was not what we or others, including the DfE , describe as synthetic phonics, then the conclusions in the media about synthetic phonics teaching, based on this report, are not really valid.
by Elizabeth
Fri May 06, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics: politics and practice
Replies: 0
Views: 1406

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: 4304

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: 4304

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: 1161

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: 3622

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: 1596

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: 2436

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: 1596

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: 6307

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: 6307

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.