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by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Schools 'ignore bad behaviour' to fool Ofsted inspectors
Replies: 13
Views: 4267

Re: Schools 'ignore bad behaviour' to fool Ofsted inspectors

I think Tom will help to improve things. He has the right experience and his comments ring true with me.
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors
Replies: 5
Views: 2412

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

This may be very good news or it may not be. It depends which people go and which stay. I wonder if it will have any effect on the people who refused to get rid of the films of poor phonics lessons, labelled "outstanding practice", on their website. https://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/06...
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 70643

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

Here's what I wrote: Hi Tim I am enthusiastic about the Phonics Check, because I am convinced it is doing good and improving the teaching of reading. However, I agree that teaching children to read nonsense words is not a good use of time. They should be taught to read real words. I do think asking ...
by Elizabeth
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 70643

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

I have written a response.
by Elizabeth
Thu May 21, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler
Replies: 4
Views: 2108

Re: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler

The books are meant for consolidation after all the correspondences in them have been taught. They are not meant to follow the progression of any one programme. They are divided into two levels. Level 1 correspondences nearly match the correspondences in Section 1 of the Phonics Check and Level 2 co...
by Elizabeth
Mon May 18, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler
Replies: 4
Views: 2108

Re: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler

I've reread what I wrote to Susan and noticed a mistake! I wrote: Each page has a caption that is likely to be unfamiliar to children and unlikely to be guessed by anyone, even if they can read English easily. I should have written: Each page has a caption that is likely to be unfamiliar to children...
by Elizabeth
Fri May 15, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How much should we depend on research?
Replies: 2
Views: 1298

Re: How much should we depend on research?

Ken wrote Two major problems are the ethics of persisting with a control group that is falling behind the subjects receiving the method under investigation and the possibility of effects that only become evident long after the investigation has finished and been reported. Yes, and there is the probl...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 14, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How much should we depend on research?
Replies: 2
Views: 1298

How much should we depend on research?

I often hear people expressing doubt about whether there is enough research into synthetic phonics or whether what there is, is valid. When I was asked to give a talk about teaching reading for the recent ResearchEd Conferences in London and Leeds, I thought about turning it down. I have not studied...
by Elizabeth
Tue May 12, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))
Replies: 12
Views: 3376

Re: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

Wonderful news! He will keep the government on track.
by Elizabeth
Sun May 10, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))
Replies: 12
Views: 3376

Re: Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

I agree with most of these messages, but not this one:
They are a load of politicans and they are as bad as each other.
They are not as bad as each other. Some are much better than others.
by Elizabeth
Sun May 10, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Goswami on 'dyslexia' and D.McGuinness' critique (long)
Replies: 13
Views: 20544

Re: TES: Goswami on 'dyslexia' and D.McGuinness' critique (long)

But we know that children who show signs of difficulty with reading when they are four to six years old, can learn to read by eight if they are given extra help with phonics early and consistently by a well-trained adult using an effective programme that is the same as that used by the rest of the c...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 07, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 160
Views: 70643

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

I have just posted a response.
by Elizabeth
Thu May 07, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 1976: The time is ripe for a corrective shift of purpose.
Replies: 1
Views: 1056

1976: The time is ripe for a corrective shift of purpose.

Derek Gillard continues with his remarkable efforts to put together documents about the history of education in England. The latest is about 'The Yellow Book' of 1976. See: http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/yellowbook1976/ Already, in 1976, people were worrying about the effects of the ch...
by Elizabeth
Thu May 07, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Accelerated Reader
Replies: 6
Views: 2964

Re: Accelerated Reader

It is worth reading a short report on the progress of 9 children using Eddie Carron's 'Literacy Toolbox'. Go to http://realteacher.forumchitchat.com/po ... ?trail=765 and scroll down to the post by 'Senior Member', written yesterday, 6th May 2015.
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Direct Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 2070

Re: Direct Phonics

Yes, major muddle. Lots of people try to use the word 'phoneme' with no understanding.