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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: 6642

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: 2857

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: 2551

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: 2576

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: 34076

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....
by Elizabeth
Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany
Replies: 6
Views: 2381

Re: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

Yes, it is an important message to get across - that a child with a low IQ can be taught to read, with effective instruction.
by Elizabeth
Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Governments and Synthetic Phonics
Replies: 0
Views: 1494

Governments and Synthetic Phonics

I have been asked for a list of countries where the government is officially implementing synthetic phonics teaching in all state-maintained primary schools. I know about a few: In England synthetic phonics teaching principles are in the National Curriculum. In Nigeria the government is officially s...
by Elizabeth
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany
Replies: 6
Views: 2381

Re: Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

I watched some of the videos. It is interesting to learn how the American approach is the same as the English approach and how it is different. I am talking about the approach used by Americans who understand that you teach reading by teaching how letters represent sounds, not those who encourage gu...
by Elizabeth
Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Room to Read
Replies: 2
Views: 1232

Re: Room to Read

Thank you Ken - very useful.
by Elizabeth
Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Room to Read
Replies: 2
Views: 1232

Room to Read

Room to Read is a charity that seeks to improve literacy around the world. It is based in the USA. They build libraries, develop and publish books and train teachers. This is from their website at http://www.roomtoread.org . http://www.roomtoread.org/TeacherTraining Room to Read’s Literacy Program p...
by Elizabeth
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Best Method for those with Down's Syndrome
Replies: 2
Views: 1848

Best Method for those with Down's Syndrome

Last week I met someone who is involved in literacy with children with Down's Syndrome. We had an interesting conversation about the best way to teach these children to read. She suggested that research shows that whole word teaching is best. I told her that I did not have direct experience or know ...
by Elizabeth
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 75808

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Reading comprehension and writing composition. Someone else may give you more detail.
by Elizabeth
Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 75808

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

Although this is a small group, the implications of the results are important. I hope the comparisons will be duplicated in other schools.
by Elizabeth
Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors
Replies: 5
Views: 2509

Re: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors

But at least they won't appear to anyone who has not searched for them - will they?