Search found 3626 matches

by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2238

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: 2284

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: 1203

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: 2284

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: 6953

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: 1953

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: 1680

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: 1680

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: 1449

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: 1996

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: 2147

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: 1996

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: 2904

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: 2904

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: 2904

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