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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sad news: Lord Jim Prior has passed away 12th Dec 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1073

Sad news: Lord Jim Prior has passed away 12th Dec 2016

We have very sad news about Lord Jim Prior who died on 12th December 2016. This is a very sad passing for the Reading Reform Foundation. Lord Jim Prior was Sue Lloyd's MP years ago and this enabled Sue to tell him all about the effectiveness of what became known as 'synthetic phonics' and how, at th...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New website for the Reading Reform Foundation
Replies: 0
Views: 1066

New website for the Reading Reform Foundation

Apologies from the RRF committee for any disruption or disappointment that our original site with its various documents and information is currently not available.

A new site is 'in construction' and we very much look forward to improvements this will bring for 2017.
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Aus, calls for use of the phonics ch
Replies: 0
Views: 1071

Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Aus, calls for use of the phonics ch

I think this is very important news indeed - Dr Jennifer Buckingham has written an excellent report recommending the use of a phonics check in Australia. The International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction promotes the use of England's Year One Phonics Screening Check worldwide so this is...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2596

Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

The International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction has produced a statement as a pdf with the topic of 'Book Bands and Levelled Readers'. This might be of interest for people to print off or tweet: http://www.iferi.org/news/ Why Book Bands and Levelled Reading Books Should Be Abandoned
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills
Replies: 6
Views: 2659

Re: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills

Many thanks, Jenny, for the link and your observation. There are some differences in 'understanding/approach' in different English-speaking countries and it would be wonderful if we could have more international collaboration regarding research and fine-tuning of methods and programmes. Similar to t...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Review of 'Clarry and the Little White Cloud' by Fay Tran
Replies: 0
Views: 1371

Review of 'Clarry and the Little White Cloud' by Fay Tran

Fay Tran has written a superb little book for children - but actually it is an essential for adults and I go so far as to suggest that it should be added to the reading lists of teacher-training establishments! 'Carry and the Little White Cloud - How Clarry learned to read' Read my review written fo...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills
Replies: 6
Views: 2659

Re: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills

Hi Elizabeth,

Do you have a link to the guide?
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: 7833

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

Couldn't we have predicted exactly this, Jim!

:roll:
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you from Papermover
Replies: 3
Views: 2224

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: 1907

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: 1907

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: 1670

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: 2324

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: 2415

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: 2324

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...