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by geraldinecarter
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Webs of Substance -
Replies: 1
Views: 1803

Webs of Substance -

Those of us who use Twitter follow Harry Webb's blog with great interest. He is a physics teacher, now living in Australia and is an eloquent champion of synthetic phonics. This is a cracker today:

https://websofsubstance.wordpress.com/2 ... education/
by geraldinecarter
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Robert Sweet Research About Reading Instruction
Replies: 0
Views: 1860

Robert Sweet Research About Reading Instruction

The first blog on the weekly round-up of the Society for Quality Education - Robert Sweet 2004 article Research About Reading Instruction - well worth rereading over a decade later.


http://www.nrrf.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... ction1.pdf
by geraldinecarter
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pupils from poorest backgrounds achieve best-ever results
Replies: 11
Views: 5745

Re: Pupils from poorest backgrounds achieve best-ever results

Has anyone taken this up with TES? Why do they give space for anti-phonics teachers who fail so many children?
by geraldinecarter
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Readability Formulas -and 'Fruit' Bands :-)
Replies: 7
Views: 4481

Re: Readability Formulas -and 'Fruit' Bands :-)

This is an excellent idea, Susan. Any chance that action can be taken and plan up and running before next election - another danger time!
by geraldinecarter
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Horatio Speaks blog: On Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 1934

Re: Horatio Speaks blog: On Reading

This is tremendous. Thanks Susan for drawing attention to it.
by geraldinecarter
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics, English and David Crystal
Replies: 3
Views: 1361

Re: Phonics, English and David Crystal

Yes, thank you, too, and also thank you for your many Guardian 'Comment is Free' posts. As someone who found a year long Alpha to Omega part-time training to contain much that is useful, colleagues and myself found that its complexity did not translate easily to effective, quick intervention. I thin...
by geraldinecarter
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read On. Get On: new campaign
Replies: 8
Views: 4574

Re: Read On. Get On: new campaign

This report is 64 pages long - phonics is marginalised. Look at p.32 where Jean Gross gives advice - including a perfunctory nod towards phonics while, of course, recommending Reading Recovery....
No wonder billions have been spent and so many children are still left behind.
by geraldinecarter
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The end of dyslexia?
Replies: 49
Views: 10985

Re: The end of dyslexia?

Volunteer - would you mind if I tweeted this: Why do we think that having difficulties with reading, writing and maths was given a scientific sounding label but being bad at cooking, remembering jokes, tidying up, netball and gardening was not? Such a simple way of showing that it's not the 'difficu...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Literacy chaos or smart huckleberries?
Replies: 6
Views: 2799

Re: Literacy chaos or smart huckleberries?

This is your subject, Jenny, and your logic is impeccable. But looking at the work EEF has done on catch up programmes, how does the average reader know whether a programme is effective unless ground rules are clearly stated and method of trial spelled out? It seems to muddy the waters. It allows ba...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Literacy chaos or smart huckleberries?
Replies: 6
Views: 2799

Re: Literacy chaos or smart huckleberries?

Huntingdon School are leading the way in conducting RCTs but concern is that EEF have not distinguished between the measurements used: http://ollieorange2.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/the-two-kinds-of-effect-size/ 'for the EEF, anything better than zero would be ‘good’. This means, in effect, that any o...
by geraldinecarter
Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?
Replies: 51
Views: 16345

Re: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?

Elizabeth has been engaging in a discussion on Linkedin and made this excellent response to a critic: “this test is actually undermining the confidence of some children who are already reading well by the age of 6 as they try to make sense of words that are actually nonsense.” 1) There was a picture...
by geraldinecarter
Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?
Replies: 51
Views: 16345

Re: Debate: Is it time to ditch the Y1 phonics screening test?

That's very upsetting, Frances. But John and Debbie are right. There's a senior teacher who contributes regularly to Mumsnet Primary thread. Her school doesn't revise the check, is totally relaxed about it - as are the children - gets excellent results and her children enjoy the check. Lack of knowl...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted: teaching reading in Stoke-failing children
Replies: 18
Views: 5643

Re: Ofsted: teaching reading in Stoke-failing children

'and, in most of the schools visited, pupils in Key Stage 2 did not read enough books....' throw-away line but crucially important. Maybe Tristram Hunt will take a close look at what is happening on his home patch?
by geraldinecarter
Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EEF report on interventions for older readers
Replies: 8
Views: 3045

Re: EEF report on interventions for older readers

Yes Kestrel I have been very perplexed by the lack of detail, and detailed analysis, in the EEF report.

What is also concerning is the interpretation of Effect Sizes - neatly explained by:
http://ollieorange2.wordpress.com/2014/ ... fect-size/
by geraldinecarter
Mon May 05, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Minding the Knowledge Gap
Replies: 1
Views: 864

Re: Minding the Knowledge Gap

She's great, isn't she, Jim. A number of us heard her talk at last September's ResearchEd. There are a few excellent bloggers who talk lucidly and in painstaking detail about the need for knowledge including: websofsubstance.wordpress.com/author/webby101 - Harry Webb whose blog today is one of many ...