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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: 898

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: 1325

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: 1158

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: 1325

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: 1875

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: 1875

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: 1875

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: 1875

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: 4208

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: 1500

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: 1500

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...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun May 08, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading

I was invited to attend the 2003 DfES phonics seminar and found it to be farcical and unaccountable. I wrote about my experience and responded to Greg Brooks' report here: http://www.rrf.org.uk/archive.php?n_ID=110&n_issueNumber=51 It's not that I wish to look backwards in the reading debate - but c...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu May 05, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: Research supports use of SP for initial teaching of reading

I've shared a link to this thread via the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction as I think it is important for a number of reasons, see here:

http://www.iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewto ... ?f=2&t=583
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2344

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

Thank you for all the links and explanations, Elizabeth, they are very helpful for this thread.
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2344

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

My understanding is that developments in the national domain in England have been influenced by research findings and classroom findings and good practice. England benefits from moving onwards with regard to its official promotion of cumulative, decodable reading material as well as guidance to move...