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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 6260

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Couldn't we have predicted exactly this, Jim!

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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you from Papermover
Replies: 3
Views: 1669

Re: Thank you from Papermover

Really wonderful news - and thank you so much for the update!

:grin:
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: B is for Book.
Replies: 3
Views: 1519

Re: B is for Book.

PS: I have alerted Ofsted about this documentary. It seems to me that it would be good for Ofsted training - because any Ofsted inspector charged with such a serious responsibility as inspecting schools should understand the difference between evidence-informed reading instruction and mixed methods ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: B is for Book.
Replies: 3
Views: 1519

Re: B is for Book.

Hi Ken, I know of a number of people who watched the 'B is for Book' documentary with dismay. There were numerous 'tweets' about it following the programme and I've started a thread via the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction here: http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.ph...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: We are still letting down our poorest pupils
Replies: 1
Views: 1241

Re: We are still letting down our poorest pupils

Many thanks, Jim.

I think this is a very important piece for England, and so have re-posted it via the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction here:

http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewto ... ?f=3&t=607
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

Re: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling

Hi Jenny - thank you for your informative comments and your opinion. My version of 'long term phonics teaching' is based on 'two-pronged systematic and incidental phonics teaching' with reference to an over-arching Alphabetic Code Chart: http://www.phonicsinternational.com/Debbie_RRF_Two_pronged_han...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED
Replies: 3
Views: 1828

Re: Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED

Excellent choice - and a very popular one it seems according to the interest via Twitter!

;-)
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

Re: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling

I've developed a thread on this topic as I wrote the original article that Rosen refers to. Anyone sufficiently interested can read about the development of these responses and also read the article which has been published in the NATE primary magazine for which I give a link within the thread: http...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

What I’m querying is the assumption that the detailed organising of the code (whichever way round it’s done) is necessary for practical teaching and learning purposes. With regard to spelling in particular, I think it may not add anything over and above what children can learn through (a) good teac...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

I think it works really well to ORGANISE the alphabetic code from sound to print because this can work relatively simply. This means basing the organising of the code on the 'sounds', not the spellings - as there are fewer sounds by far, than spelling. So, broadly speaking, there are around 44 to 50...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 31, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

Maggie, I've added your thread with your important concerns onto the IFERI message forum here:

http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewto ... p=978#p978
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 31, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

Maggie - I have had the same experience as you when it comes to older learners who have had a diet of the '45 Reception words' on their individual education plans and have wondered myself why teachers didn't appreciate that if they couldn't learn those words in Reception or the infants, then clearly...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 24, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5
Replies: 9
Views: 5340

Re: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5

As I'm sure we all agree, young children can do far more with the support of a knowledgeable adult who knows exactly how an activity is structured, understands all the steps in it, and can give clear guidance when/if the child makes errors. Sadly, not everyone has the mindset for specific teaching ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu May 12, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Greg Brooks letter to Guardian
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

Re: Greg Brooks letter to Guardian

Funnily enough, I referred to Greg Brooks' comment, 'the North Face of the Eiger' in my response to his report and the DfES 2003 phonics seminar: http://www.rrf.org.uk/archive.php?n_ID=110&n_issueNumber=51 If Brooks had visited good synthetic phonics schools he would surely not refer to children bei...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon May 09, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Greg Brooks letter to Guardian
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

Re: Greg Brooks letter to Guardian

Greg Brooks included in his letter: Your correspondent Brian McDevitt should not be surprised that results on the phonics test (let’s call it that, since it is one) have improved each year – teachers’ and schools’ reputations depend on this and they therefore teach to it. I remain of the view, expre...