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by Lesley Drake
Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary school websites reading scheme details
Replies: 22
Views: 5148

Re: Primary school websites reading scheme details

So it's Ok for you not to speak up, but it's morally indefensible for teachers not to?
by Lesley Drake
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: what's wrong with teacher training
Replies: 10
Views: 2547

Re: what's wrong with teacher training

How many doctors, dentists, driving instructors, shelf stackers at Tescos etc etc etc have common sense? How many RRFers do? Common sense can not be taught as part of teacher training. Neither can sensitivity. They can be deemed to be important qualities that we would like people who go into any pro...
by Lesley Drake
Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Unqualified teachers are majority of staff in some schools
Replies: 12
Views: 3076

Re: Unqualified teachers are majority of staff in some schools

Me too Geraldine, I'd love to see the breakdown of the post war literacy figures that show you were wrong in your generalised assertion.


Can we have them please, elsiep?
by Lesley Drake
Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Introducing Perspectives-The OTR Blog
Replies: 3
Views: 1395

Re: Introducing Perspectives-The OTR Blog

Hi Rod, Not spam at all so please have no worries on that score; quite the opposite, as I'm sure regular RRFers will go and visit. Please also don't think that because some ideas don't get feedback on here that people aren't interested. They are, but they're just busy or heavily involved in doing ot...
by Lesley Drake
Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics screening check technical report
Replies: 23
Views: 3474

Re: Phonics screening check technical report

Lesley, perhaps you could direct a sharp word or two towards those teachers to discourage the test-cheaters from doing the same thing with the next test. No thanks. It's a non-issue as far as I' m concerned. As for the leaking of a couple of non-words by persons unknown on mumsnet, so what? Most no...
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics screening check technical report
Replies: 23
Views: 3474

Re: Phonics screening check technical report

It's a mixed picture Jenny. A certain % age were just a bit behind, some were in need of 1:1 which they are now getting, a few were very newly arrived. The one "above child" who failed we are certain just had a bad day as they are progressing well in their group and didn't need to change group or re...
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics screening check technical report
Replies: 23
Views: 3474

Re: Phonics screening check technical report

So, no cheating involved, or needed.
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics screening check technical report
Replies: 23
Views: 3474

Re: Phonics screening check technical report

Thanks for the info Jenny. Our results were directly in line with how far along the programme (RWI) the children were. We worked out that if all of the key group passed we would come out in the 80%s and if none of them did, then the 70%s. As it was, half of them passed so we came out at 75%ish. Ther...
by Lesley Drake
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics screening check technical report
Replies: 23
Views: 3474

Re: Phonics screening check technical report

I look forward to getting the next installment. Maybe that will have plain English stating that the test administrators cheated on behalf of the children just below the pass mark. Does the following mean that? Oh Ken, you're such a tease! I've had to wait 3 whole days of this lovely new year before...
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: our schools need more teaching and less management
Replies: 11
Views: 2370

Re: our schools need more teaching and less management

PS: Long may we continue to be delightfully drifting agenda-dyslexics!
by Lesley Drake
Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: our schools need more teaching and less management
Replies: 11
Views: 2370

Re: our schools need more teaching and less management

I'm really glad to see such a prime example of a delightfully drifting agenda-dyslexic RRF ramble all round the houses as demonstrated on this thread! But I do want to get back to the original blog excerpt posted by Jim. The question to ask is this... WHY do schools have management teams like this t...
by Lesley Drake
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Poverty Destiny?
Replies: 106
Views: 11606

Re: Is Poverty Destiny?

I would support Jenny's comments re the split digraphs being harder. The children need a lot of experience with these.

Again, something picked up on by many schools following the Y1 screening check.
by Lesley Drake
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PIRLS Australia 22nd in Reading
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Re: PIRLS Australia 22nd in Reading

Australian kids can't read. What! None of them?! Glad to hear that there are signs of the green shoots of recovery (not THAT recovery!) JAC. Sometimes government initiatives do have a positive impact and begin to move things in the right direction. Hopefully, the PIRLS results will give more streng...
by Lesley Drake
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Top 100 most improved primaries in England 2009-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3033

Re: Top 100 most improved primaries in England 2009-2012

Our school's results for 2012; English 95% level 4 and above, LEA av 86% National av 85% English 48% level 5 LEA av 34% Nat av 37% Maths 97% level 4 and above, LEA av 85% Nat av 84% Maths 52% level 5 LEA av 40% Nat av 39% And our children get a broad and balanced curriculum. We are far from being a ...
by Lesley Drake
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Poverty Destiny?
Replies: 106
Views: 11606

Re: Is Poverty Destiny?

ANY programme or guidance can be undermined Mona, even yours, if people don't understand the importance of following it faithfully. SOME schools might still be teaching high frequency words and sending home book banded reading material. This is because they don't yet understand that for some childre...