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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 31, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2904

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: 5729

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: 2273

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: 2273

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: 4762

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: 4762

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: 3907

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: 3907

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...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 3907

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

Is analytic phonics associated with 'systematic' and 'cumulative' introduction of letter/s-sound correspondences with the provision of cumulative, decodable texts? I'm not aware of other types of phonics practice or 'method' other than systematic synthetic phonics being associated with cumulative, d...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning
Replies: 4
Views: 1731

Re: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning

I think RRFers will agree with you totally.

It's really quite extraordinary to neglect the teaching of reading so completely.

:sad:
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 6952

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

Possibly - but sometimes the message in the academy chain leads to all the schools being expected to use the same SSP phonics programme regardless of the money and time they've individually already invested in specific SSP programmes and training. It could be that schools will benefit from a change ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 2672

Re: Year 3 reading standards

Very, very interesting Jenny. Thank you. You benefit us all with your meticulous approach to sustained record-keeping, detailed scrutiny and observations. I don't think any of us would be surprised by your findings as we now have systematic phonics in our schools in England where this was definitely...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 6952

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

The thoughts of Estelle Morris:

http://www.theguardian.com/education/20 ... -academies

And others - see the readers' comments!
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 6952

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

I find it baffling that the Government formulated a new national curriculum - and then the same Government plans to turn all schools into academies which do not have to follow the national curriculum.

Ridiculous.
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 23
Views: 5431

Re: Thank you

Dearie me, it gets worse. that good teaching should be tailored to a child's learning style, I sat quietly through a parents meeting on that last week. Apparently the children at the school can't spell because there hasn't been enough teaching for the visual learners. The 'Learning Styles' theory ha...