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by James Curran
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education
Replies: 5
Views: 3212

Re: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education

Disadvantaged children face worse outcomes in some rich areas – report Britain is in a ‘spiral of ever-growing division’ with rural and coastal regions being left behind, warns social mobility tsar https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/28/disadvantaged-children-face-worse-outcomes-in-rich-are...
by James Curran
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education
Replies: 5
Views: 3212

‘Working-class children get less of everything in education

‘Working-class children get less of everything in education - including respect’ Interview Diane Reay grew up on a council estate, the eldest of eight, and became a Cambridge professor. Now she wants to talk about inequality in education https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/21/english-clas...
by James Curran
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How to Get Your Mind to Read
Replies: 0
Views: 2233

How to Get Your Mind to Read

How to Get Your Mind to Read

By DANIEL T. WILLINGHAM NOV. 25, 2017



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/25/opin ... pe=article
by James Curran
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 3513

Re: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally

Jenny said: 'They are allowed to walk before being expected to run, and this means that they develop confidence right from the outset. Many take off in reading and spelling long before being taught all the complexities.' That's the wonderful thing about systematic synthetic phonics, once young child...
by James Curran
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry
Replies: 3
Views: 2606

Re: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry

Thanks Jenny. A big thank you and well done to Anne, Sarah and Gordon, great advocacy for Synthetic Phonics. A must see presentation which needs as wide an audience as possible.
by James Curran
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Big Issue seller wins place at Cambridge
Replies: 0
Views: 2129

Big Issue seller wins place at Cambridge

Big Issue seller always with 'book on the go' wins place at Cambridge Lifelong reading passion leads to Hughes Hall course for Geoff Edwards, 52, who endured jobless spells and lived on streets https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/08/big-issue-seller-always-with-book-on-the-go-wins-place-a...
by James Curran
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science
Replies: 1
Views: 1576

Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science

Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science A report, published by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Royal Society, has reviewed existing studies to identify interventions and teaching approaches that have a positive impact on pupil learning in science, particularly for pupils f...
by James Curran
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SATs test which was 'too middle class' has been criticised
Replies: 0
Views: 2218

SATs test which was 'too middle class' has been criticised

SATs test which was 'too middle class' has been criticised by the exam regulator

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/20 ... regulator/
by James Curran
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Illiteracy and Democracy
Replies: 1
Views: 1669

Illiteracy and Democracy

Here's a piece from yesterdays Observer, it's part of a bigger article 'Is Capitalism at the crossroads?' The piece by Professor Ngaire Woods of the University of Oxford looks at the part that literacy plays in a democracy. “In 2017, the fastest growing economies are for the most part not free-marke...
by James Curran
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens
Replies: 1
Views: 1600

Re: Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens

Laptops are great, but not if it means the end of handwriting Students are now so dependent on their laptops for writing that they may soon be allowed to use them in university exams. But writing by hand is still an important skill https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/11/laptops-handwri...
by James Curran
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Grammar school 'unlawfully threw out' students
Replies: 3
Views: 2280

Re: Grammar school 'unlawfully threw out' students

Schools abandon exclusion of sixth-formers after parents complain


https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... s-complain
by James Curran
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of Sustained Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 3308

Re: Importance of Sustained Reading

I agree Geraldine that after good initial Synthetic Phonics teaching sustained volume of reading is crucial for building up a strong, wide ranging vocabulary which is so vital to good reading comprehension and is especially important for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. I would also...
by James Curran
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens
Replies: 1
Views: 1600

Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens

Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens The increasing illegibility of students’ handwriting has prompted Cambridge University to consider ending 800 years of tradition by allowing laptops to replace pen and paper for exams. Academics say that students are losing the ability to write ...
by James Curran
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Grammar school 'unlawfully threw out' students
Replies: 3
Views: 2280

Re: Grammar school 'unlawfully threw out' students

Calls for inquiry into grammar school that 'unlawfully' excluded students Parents and former governors at a leading grammar school found to be systematically excluding pupils halfway through their A-level studies say there needs to be a full inquiry in order to restore confidence in the school. St O...
by James Curran
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The BFG, Skellig, Aubrey ... children’s books boom
Replies: 2
Views: 1858

Re: The BFG, Skellig, Aubrey ... children’s books boom

'It cannot be a coincidence that the rising popularity of reading for pleasure for children follows on so neatly from the introduction of sp in all schools - more like cause and effect for me.'

Absolutely agree FE tutor.