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by g.carter
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Waiting For Superman
Replies: 55
Views: 12618

Re: Waiting For Superman

Yvonne writes: Before we can have consumer choice, we have to have reliable information. This means good testing regimes that are reported transparently. So far, this is not happening in the USA, UK or Australia. This is what I have been banging on about - but I seem to be a voice crying in the wild...
by g.carter
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: DfE revises phonics programmes core criteria
Replies: 38
Views: 3625

Re: DfE revises phonics programmes core criteria

Thank you, Elizabeth. I've just been grappling with wording for this. A very timely intervention! It's not the wording 'high frequency' that should be problematic - there are high frequency words - but the SP way of dealing with them. The main difference, I think, between ERR and the SP approach is ...
by g.carter
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: DfE revises phonics programmes core criteria
Replies: 38
Views: 3625

Re: DfE revises phonics programmes core criteria

good HT, good discipline AND high expectations -
by g.carter
Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debunking of Dyslexia myths by a Whole Language blogger
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Debunking of Dyslexia myths by a Whole Language blogger

Hilery Williams blog is informative, interesting and passionate - but the elements of mal-instruction that prevent struggling children from learning to read are writ large. She's going to debunk the 10 dyslexia myths she lists over the next week and has challenged the first two of these. I responded...
by g.carter
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling 2.
Replies: 25
Views: 3414

Re: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling 2.

He's not even 3 1/2, for goodness sake. What sort of neurosis is this? He's not ready - leave it for a while.
by g.carter
Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Closing the achievement gap
Replies: 69
Views: 9973

Re: Closing the achievement gap

...yes, but Asian parents do encourage them to spend hours with bat and ball, so neat though the theory is, it doesn't stand up. Chinese and Asian parents are more aware of the benefits of education and instill more discipline, too.
by g.carter
Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pupil Premiums - making schools acccountable
Replies: 0
Views: 1243

Pupil Premiums - making schools acccountable

Some interesting thinking on the implementation of pupil premiums from David Laws in the Financial Times today: "...if the potential of this policy is to be realised, the government must guard against a number of risks. The most obvious is that head teachers and governors will try to use pupil premi...
by g.carter
Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Picture books no longer a staple.
Replies: 1
Views: 734

Re: Picture books no longer a staple.

This is so sad! I don't know what the situation is here now JAC, but I imagine that it mirrors the decline seen in the States. Libraries are less well stocked, Play-School and play-school ethos is vanishing, there's a more competitive atmosphere around children, a greater rush to post childhood, an ...
by g.carter
Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Early Years Foundation Stage
Replies: 6
Views: 1623

Re: Early Years Foundation Stage

This is the big conundrum at the moment. Many teachers are so neurotic, fearful, defensive about how to teach reading that children in many Reception classes suffer. That's one of the reasons that I like Jolly Phonics at this age - it is so little- child friendly and easy for a teacher to understand...
by g.carter
Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Exeter Uni. reading &writing discussion+Q&A evening
Replies: 1
Views: 660

Re: Exeter Uni. reading &writing discussion+Q&A evening

This is going to be a really tough one, Susan. Why is there little recognition that around 20% of children will fail to learn to read adequately unless their teachers are provided with Alphabetic Code knowledge enabling them to teach early reading? Is it widely understood that when student teachers ...
by g.carter
Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A sobering warning re testing from New York
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

Re: A sobering warning re testing from New York

By Year 2 – it is far, far too late. It is much easier to help a 4-6 year old struggling reader – starting after just a few weeks of SP instruction - than a 7 year old. Just as, presumably, it’s far easier to teach 4-6 year olds bilingually (or even trilingually as in some International schools) tha...
by g.carter
Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:36 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: British Columbia revises its Primary Program
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: British Columbia revises its Primary Program

Maizie - it's very easy to leave a message beneath the article ..
by g.carter
Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: British Columbia revises its Primary Program
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: British Columbia revises its Primary Program

Where on earth did this come from:
However, this advantage seems not to last very long, particularly for comprehension tests.
by g.carter
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Education Experts Debate The Spending Review
Replies: 1
Views: 648

Education Experts Debate The Spending Review

This Channel 4 initiative might be worth registering for - it comes the day after the announcement of budget cuts and those who want to keep the catch-up status quo will probably be working in over-drive . I don't know the best way to register and if Susan doesn't have the information - e-mail me an...
by g.carter
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A sobering warning re testing from New York
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

Re: A sobering warning re testing from New York

These are not difficult to construct - the part that requires the most thought is probably just how to generate stats that are informative, allow comparisons to be made AND don't pressurize individual schools.