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by g.carter
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read it and Weep
Replies: 0
Views: 1307

Read it and Weep

Charlotte Allen's article has probably been flagged up before but I found it gives a very succinct and illuminating history of the sordid tale ... http://conservablogs.com/joeenge/2007/07/23/don%E2%80%99t-practice-whole-language-on-my-kids-history-of-the-phonics-vs-whole-language-debate/ It's a pity...
by g.carter
Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 75707

Re: Decoding tests for 6yr.olds to begin in 2012

The Guardian on 24th November: Commenting on the proposal for a reading test at six, Philip Parkin, general secretary of the teaching union Voice, said, ‘Although phonics is often the best way to teach children to read effectively, there are some children – particularly those with special needs – fo...
by g.carter
Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Shepherds Bush/Chiswick
Replies: 2
Views: 1030

Re: Shepherds Bush/Chiswick

Kiki - what a sad story. I just may be able to offer a couple of suggestions and if you e-mail me at
geraldinecarter@tiscali.co.uk, I'll give you details.
by g.carter
Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hand-wringing in Oxford over KS1 results
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

Re: Hand-wringing in Oxford over KS1 results

The Oxford Times - 18th November: City results are worst in England at the age of seven "new statistics from the Department for Education show that fewer seven-year-olds achieve expected levels in reading, writing and maths in Oxford than anywhere else in England. Almost a fifth of the 1,274 city pu...
by g.carter
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Non-words for Test
Replies: 39
Views: 4973

Re: Non-words for Test

Thank you, Yvonne. This is invaluable information to have on tap. One of the advantages of a simple non-word test is that it brings transparency to the kind of instruction children have been receiving. This is why there is such outrage from the Whole Language lobby. If the DoE flags the reasons for ...
by g.carter
Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Non-words for Test
Replies: 39
Views: 4973

Re: Non-words for Test

Gove, Gibb et al must be banging their heads in despair. Elizabeth reflects the concerns and criticisms of Whole Language followers and suggests only a very limited non-word test would be effective ie dop, mip, skib, hest. But thousands of words could be generated that could include correspondences ...
by g.carter
Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: OFSTED support for phonics
Replies: 39
Views: 5722

Re: OFSTED support for phonics

One of the problems of responding to TES articles on line is that any response just disappears and there is no indication whether said response is read or not.
by g.carter
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: OFSTED support for phonics
Replies: 39
Views: 5722

Re: OFSTED support for phonics

David Reedy, who on earth said that phonics was the be all and end all of reading? Perhaps someone in UKLA would have the courtesy to enlighten us.
by g.carter
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hand-wringing in Oxford over KS1 results
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

Re: Hand-wringing in Oxford over KS1 results

This is very interesting. At last an MP has noticed how shocking are the results of Whole- Language- embedded Oxfordshire. Probably between 80%-90% of Oxfordshire does not suffer the deprivation of other parts of the country yet huge swathes of its schools are unable to teach 20%-30% of children to ...
by g.carter
Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mona McNee's 'Step by Step' is Online
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: Mona McNee's 'Step by Step' is Online

I'd like to endorse what Jim says - and especially to thank Mona.
by g.carter
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Extraordinary Achievements of the RRF
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: Extraordinary Achievements of the RRF

We still have a long way to go, Bob - but from what I see, things are really dire in the States and the focus isn't yet on malinstruction.
by g.carter
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Youtube: see demo of Piper Books BRI readers
Replies: 6
Views: 1180

Re: Youtube: see demo of Piper Books BRI readers

Quite right, TeeJay, it's a danger. However, most people here will know the research, trialling, and have background information on some/all reputable synthetic phonics programmes and material. In this case, the books were developed by a large team of educational psychologists and linguists, trialle...
by g.carter
Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Youtube: see demo of Piper Books BRI readers
Replies: 6
Views: 1180

Re: Youtube: see demo of Piper Books BRI readers

One of the interesting things about this little clip is that this Reception Year boy was partially deaf for some of his childhood - due to serious ear infection (not information for public consumption on You Tube). He's now o.k. after 2 operations. I think it shows just how good Synthetic Phonics in...
by g.carter
Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: OFSTED support for phonics
Replies: 39
Views: 5722

Re: OFSTED support for phonics

I don't suppose Christine Blower would deign to answer: I doubt if she has any relationship with transparency... The Observer reports 'Inspectors back use of phonics to teach reading' but ends with the inevitable: But teachers warn that focusing too heavily on such a systematic method risks taking t...
by g.carter
Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: FREE TRIAL COPY SEN MAGAZINE
Replies: 1
Views: 657

FREE TRIAL COPY SEN MAGAZINE

FREE trial copy of SEN magazine, with no obligation, simply by visiting: http://www.senmagazine.co.uk/freetrial "Every issue of SEN magazine includes a wide range of features and articles covering major conditions, such as autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia, ADHD, Down’s, hearing and visual impairments, P...