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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia revisited
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: Dyslexia revisited

The Driver Youth Trust is an organisation focused on SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) - particularly on 'dyslexia'. Chris Rossiter of the Driver Youth Trust is very much in the forefront of promoting the organisation and its work, but he also has very worrying ideas that 'phonics' d...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 16, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is the best way to assess the Early Years Foundation Stage?
Replies: 1
Views: 981

Re: What is the best way to assess the Early Years Foundation Stage?

Hi Elizabeth, There are two ‘bloggers’ who have very interesting/important ideas, comments, suggestions regarding assessment for national purposes in the early years (amongst other very interesting posts). Please see these blog posts with reference to early years assessment: https://heatherfblog.wor...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 16, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: How education has ignored the science of reading
Replies: 1
Views: 1147

Re: How education has ignored the science of reading

Thanks, Jim. Mark's book is certainly being highly recommended in many quarters.

See Sir Jim Rose's review of Mark's book in the Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) Bulletin, page 22:

https://www.ldaustralia.org/client/docu ... 17_WEB.pdf
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PPTs from researchED/OUP English & MFL April 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 1094

PPTs from researchED/OUP English & MFL April 2017

I've started a thread at IFERI to collate the available PowerPoints for the researchED/Oxford University Press English and Modern Foreign Languages conference held in Oxford on April 1st 2017. This includes my own PowerPoint and blog post which I designed to be used via the internet for anyone who m...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children in northern England being failed
Replies: 3
Views: 1391

Re: Children in northern England being failed

Thanks for flagging this up, Jim. This may be nothing to do with this north-south divide, but a few years ago when I was providing a talk organised by the local authority in Liverpool, I was nearly lynched by some of the early years teachers when I questioned the 'developmental-readiness' mindset an...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: England: Primary assessment consultation - end of KS 1 assessment?
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

Re: England: Primary assessment consultation - end of KS 1 assessment?

Education Secretary of State, Justine Greening's official statement:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/ ... in-england
Written statement to Parliament

Update on Primary Assessment in England
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: England: Primary assessment consultation - end of KS 1 assessment?
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

England: Primary assessment consultation - end of KS 1 assessment?

The Department for Education is consulting about primary assessment and the news in the media is that this might spell the end of the Key Stage 1 national assessments: http://schoolsweek.co.uk/primary-assessment-consultation-the-5-key-proposals/ Primary assessment consultation: The 5 key proposals E...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF statement: An Alternative to Book Bands for Beginner Readers
Replies: 0
Views: 815

RRF statement: An Alternative to Book Bands for Beginner Readers

Do visit our RRF blog where we have made a statement regarding the advisability of using cumulative, decodable reading books when asking beginners to read independently. You can also find this piece in pdf format which you may find useful for sharing more widely: http://rrf.org.uk/2017/03/28/an-alte...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Worrying suggestion that a 'focus on phonics' neglects pupils with special needs
Replies: 0
Views: 817

Worrying suggestion that a 'focus on phonics' neglects pupils with special needs

I've created a thread via the forum of the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction (IFERI) about a report that has been published by the Driver Youth Trust regarding provision for SEND (special needs) learners. The author, Chris Rossiter, is looking like someone who does not reall...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: It’s time for a real revolution in Britain’s schools
Replies: 2
Views: 964

Re: It’s time for a real revolution in Britain’s schools

Hi Jim - thank you for flagging up an interesting article.

Here is 'Quirky Teacher's' analysis of the same article:

https://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/ ... -clothing/
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 Phonics Screening Check Pilot
Replies: 1
Views: 810

Re: Year 3 Phonics Screening Check Pilot

I totally agree with you, Elizabeth, so much so that I've raised it via the forum of the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction here:

http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewto ... ?f=3&t=731
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!

Hi Joan, It's great to hear from you - we need to pick ourselves up and brush ourselves off and continue along our merry way discussing issues enthusiastically via the RRF forum. I would encourage any new readers to the forum to use our 'search' facility if they have any questions, alongside running...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dual Route reading model
Replies: 103
Views: 14845

Re: Dual Route reading model

Hi Ken,

I cannot recall but perhaps Susan G, Maggie D or Jim may recall?
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!

Hi Ken, We've updated to the latest version of the forum software - consider it still in 'test mode' and fingers crossed that we're up and running again. Thank you so much for your patience! We'll be adding an 'RRF' header image shortly. Please do try and post, and email me if you don't succeed this...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!

Greetings everyone! A very belated Happy New Year to all (2017). We are very pleased with an exciting development for the Reading Reform Foundation - a 'new look' website - now complete with its own blog - thanks to RRF committee member, Anne Glennie (designer and administrator). Yes - we are still ...