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by kenm
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Bad behaviour and school grades
Replies: 1
Views: 1808

Re: Bad behaviour and school grades

The Conversation wrote:Whatever the cause, early intervention to improve behaviour could be key
But if the bad behaviour was the result of the child falling behind academically, which the article acknowledges as a possibility, then early intervention to improve teaching methods could be a better key.
by kenm
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teacher shortage crisis
Replies: 1
Views: 2128

Re: Teacher shortage crisis

This won't affect the offspring of members of the Government.
by kenm
Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Music Lessons
Replies: 4
Views: 3616

Re: Music Lessons

The positive influence of music teaching on other branches of learning was known early in Hungary, where the composer Kodaly created a method for teaching music to primary school children. It was first used in schools in 1943 and expanded to all Hungarian schools by the Communist administration in 1...
by kenm
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade
Replies: 1
Views: 1958

Re: Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

How can you tell that you have stopped "learning to read"? If learning new pronunciations is part of learning to read, I'm still doing it.
by kenm
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nursery schools have been 'colonised by the middle class',
Replies: 8
Views: 5434

Re: Nursery schools have been 'colonised by the middle class',

The report, from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, found that children from wealthier families but with less academic ability are 35% more likely to become high earners than more talented children from poor families. I'm sure the middle classes know how to get their offspring into g...
by kenm
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 115616

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

chew8 wrote:I don't have KS2 results for these children as they have only just finished Year 4 and won't take the KS2 test until 2017. That could be an interesting year nationally, as it will involve the cohort which did the first Year 1 phonics check in 2012.
What does the KS1 literacy test measure?
by kenm
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 115616

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

I've now been able to get a few more results, and a friend with statistical know-how has worked out that the correlation, at 0.88, is very high indeed (1.0 is a perfect correlation). The value I get for Pearson's correlation coefficient using a formula in a spreadsheet is 0.894, which is pretty clo...
by kenm
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 115616

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

...Apparently the level of significance is also very high, and I think that means that the results are worth taking seriously in spite of the small size of the sample - perhaps kenm can confirm. I didn't notice this until yesterday. I shall have to learn some statistics, but it's all on the net som...
by kenm
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Literacy Trust Report
Replies: 2
Views: 2679

Re: National Literacy Trust Report

Michael Morpurgo wrote:Too many boys still seem disinterested in reading
My first Chambers has "disinterested...: impartial: unselfish, generous:(revived from obsolescence) uninterested."

My wife says, "Loss of a useful distinction". I accuse Michael Morpurgo of assisting at the impoverishment of vocabulary.
by kenm
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: School vacancies
Replies: 0
Views: 2394

School vacancies

Nearly one in 100 full-time teaching posts in England were either vacant or filled temporarily in 2014, Department for Education figures show. There were 1,030 vacancies last November, up a third on 2013, the highest number since 2010, when the DfE started compiling figures in November. Meanwhile, ...
by kenm
Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Give white working-class children extra English
Replies: 6
Views: 3501

Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Poor white families feel 'abandoned', says Wilshaw White working-class families can feel "abandoned" and "forgotten" by the school system, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has said. Poor, white communities needed to be served by better schools and school leaders, he said. But parents also had a par...
by kenm
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Humpty Dumpty for SoSE
Replies: 0
Views: 2209

Humpty Dumpty for SoSE

There is a new Education and Adoption Bill going through Parliament. It had its second reading yesterday. Coasting schools (1) A maintained school is by virtue of this section eligible for intervention if the governing body of the school— (a) have been notified that the Secretary of State considers ...
by kenm
Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Summer born children and the postcode lottery
Replies: 3
Views: 2843

Re: Summer born children and the postcode lottery

Susan King, from Norfolk, now educates her son Tom at home after battling for him to be kept back a year. Tom, who was born on 28 August 2005, still struggled to dress himself when he started primary school a few days after his fifth birthday. If the various aspects of a child's development are not...
by kenm
Fri May 29, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Stanford brain wave study shows impact of phonics
Replies: 3
Views: 4350

Re: Stanford brain wave study shows impact of phonics

words learned via whole-word association showed activity biased toward right hemisphere processing.
How about "Whole-word teaching causes dyslexia"?

See also http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 4X15000772.
by kenm
Fri May 22, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fair criticism of SP practitioner theory by Elsiep?
Replies: 17
Views: 7458

Re: Fair criticism of SP practitioner theory by Elsiep?

Cognitive science got a huge boost from attempts to mimic human cognition via artificial intelligence (AI) because AI could mimic it only up to a point. That focussed research on the areas of AI failure, which highlighted the importance of parallel in addition to sequential processing, for example....