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by Lesley Drake
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 29729

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Good quote from John "We should always be prepared to challenge the siren song of the opposers of phonics. What's at stake is the future of our children's literacy." What I find particularly obnoxious is the "Reading for Pleasure" campaign, insinuating as it does that children given an early and tho...
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Sue Cowley blog: Cause for Concern
Replies: 15
Views: 5219

Re: Sue Cowley blog: Cause for Concern

Debbie,

I think that is the best posting EVER!

You nailed it girl!
by Lesley Drake
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NATE 'research' paper: Phonics instruction and early reading
Replies: 34
Views: 9246

Re: NATE 'research' paper: Phonics instruction and early reading

Disclosure: I'm not a teacher, but I was a committee member of the Australian National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy (2005) so I am very familiar with the evidence

So, in what capacity were you on the committee, Yvonne?
by Lesley Drake
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Computer modelling 'Self Teaching Hypothesis'
Replies: 43
Views: 6961

Re: Computer modelling 'Self Teaching Hypothesis'

Jenny has said she is away from her computer today but will try to respond to Toots as soon as she can.
by Lesley Drake
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: From fail to world’s best: A lesson from the East End
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: From fail to world’s best: A lesson from the East End

Typical! A whole article on improvements in Tower Hamlets and who gets the credit? Who gets to be "quoted?" Kevan Collins, Teflon Man, who, when Regional Director for the NLS in London was full-square behind mixed methods. The NLS team on the ground in Tower Hamlets deserve some credit, but not him....
by Lesley Drake
Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NATE 'research' paper: Phonics instruction and early reading
Replies: 34
Views: 9246

Re: NATE 'research' paper: Phonics instruction and early reading

This is not research, it is reporting the findings of a survey of some of NATE's members. Given the NATE mindset, this is like asking a load of vegans what they think about steak and kidney pudding. The "findings" are hardly earth-shattering. Or, to misquote Mandy Rice-Davies, "well, they would thin...
by Lesley Drake
Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Having now watched both videos and gone to the Ellis/ Moss article, I have the following to say. Firstly, of the 2 videos, the first one was far more enjoyable as it had no sound. I think NALDIC would have been on a real winner, had they gone the whole hog and had no visuals as well. Secondly, the 2...
by Lesley Drake
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Reading and Spelling tests. Advice please
Replies: 0
Views: 2656

Reading and Spelling tests. Advice please

Can I sound people out on which nationally normed reading and spelling tests ( ones that give a reading and a spelling age, and are very simple to administer) they think are currently the best? We need to get one or two in for help with assessing SEND children. Jenny, I know you and I corresponded o...
by Lesley Drake
Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

In other words, I would apply caution, scepticism, common sense and prior knowledge to the documents, and not simply take them at face value.

Oh Jenny.

How fortunate we are to have someone with the perspicacity to point out to you, and to us all, the error of our ways.
by Lesley Drake
Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

That's more like it.

Only 5 lines of text.

Off to bed now, but not quitting.
by Lesley Drake
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Yet another page of nit-picking and recycling ad nauseum! Irony is lost on you. Either that, or you can't take a hint. You need to prove that pupils are getting enough reading instruction of the right sort under the present system, and that the "Reading for Pleasure" lobby are wrong as regards what ...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Viv Edwards, professor of language in education at the University of Reading, criticised the UK’s reliance on the system and said that no one method suited every child. “Most practitioners have continued to promote the belief of a balanced approach, but overall the pendulum has swung increasingly to...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Ooh Toots! You are a one for putting words in other people's mouths and then attacking them for things you say they've said when they didn't. NALDIC has a long history of being anti phonics. In my NLS days, we used to say it was because the Literacy Hour would teach all the EAL children to read and ...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Probably because they didn't take up half a side of A4 nit picking and recycling ad nauseum what everyone else has just said.
by Lesley Drake
Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Politics of Phonics
Replies: 240
Views: 27137

Re: The Politics of Phonics

Not answered any of my points, just thrown up some red herrings, if you'll excuse the pun.