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by geraldinecarter
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prisoners of the Blob
Replies: 40
Views: 6748

Re: Prisoners of the Blob

I don't have time/energy to respond in detail. It also seems pointless to spend time picking apart the elements of your part essay/part tirade. It's also fruitless to point to Daisy Christodoulou's Seven Myths of Education; the work of Zig Englemann, E.D. Hirsh; the huge success of those schools whi...
by geraldinecarter
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children aged four will be tested at school
Replies: 4
Views: 1383

Re: Children aged four will be tested at school

What's the difference between the endless tick boxes, observations, post-it notes etc.etc. and the assessments? I haven't really kept up and it would be good to have some clarity on this.
by geraldinecarter
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ‘ADHD Does Not Exist
Replies: 5
Views: 2531

Re: ‘ADHD Does Not Exist

IDS may not be the brightest cookie on the political stage and some clunking decisions have been made but there are thoughtful elements too. On a slightly different track it was interesting to read how much Tony Benn admired some of those on the far right. It's too easy to label people, perhaps?
by geraldinecarter
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prisoners of the Blob
Replies: 40
Views: 6748

Re: Prisoners of the Blob

I'm not a great Toby Young fan - but I'd love to know more about your objections, Elsie, to the factual basis of his pamplet.
by geraldinecarter
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NUT's anti-phonics check video.
Replies: 7
Views: 2006

Re: NUT's anti-phonics check video.

Thanks, Jenny. A fascinating quote. The depressing thing is that there are no signs now that child-centred, knowledge-light, teachers,lecturers:
are also fighting to rid society of the “savage inequalities” that Kozol (1991) so eloquently wrote about.
by geraldinecarter
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: LCP phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Re: LCP phonics

I don't know anything about LCP, Sarah, but I'd love to know how well your school does with the Phonics Check and at Sats 2 - also whether you have a high number of FSM children...
Good luck with your efforts - what tough nuts to crack!
by geraldinecarter
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 14 academy chains barred from running more schools
Replies: 2
Views: 1084

Re: 14 academy chains barred from running more schools

At least Ofsted are going to inspect Academy chains now, it seems. I think the news about the poor Academies leaked out a few days ago - though it's always useful to see what does appear on budget day ...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 17
Views: 5412

Re: Ofsted

I agree, Derrie. TA's do need 'standards' and I would have thought that it was not beyond the wit of DfE to ensure that this could be done. One of Tony Blair's advisers became a TA in Islington and is now, I see, opening a Free School. People like that, with inside knowledge, should analyse the effe...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 17
Views: 5412

Re: Ofsted

How can primary schools be 'good' and 'outstanding' when there are children leaving them who are barely literate? It is deeply shocking - not a single one of the teachers decrying SP has been able to list schools with high FSM numbers who enable virtually all children to reach SATs4 on leaving prim...
by geraldinecarter
Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Dyslexia Debate returns.
Replies: 39
Views: 9722

Re: The Dyslexia Debate returns.

whole word; whole language; multi-cueing; eye exams and word shapes, word beginnings, syntax, 'meaningful' guesses, looking at picture clues, onset and rhyme, confidence boosting, brain gym, developmental 'readiness', phonological awareness training, high frequency word lists, kinaestetic learning,...
by geraldinecarter
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 17
Views: 5412

Re: Ofsted

Some seriously good blogs on the Ofsted turnaround - thanks in the main to forensic critiques of Ofsted inspections. This from the outrageously gifted - and extremely funny, Tom Bennett: community.tes.co.uk/tom_bennett/b/weblog/archive/2014/03/17/watching-the-watchmen-the-policy-exchange-versus-ofst...
by geraldinecarter
Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading tests in schools
Replies: 4
Views: 1568

Re: Reading tests in schools

Oh goodness. I don't know much about what they use in schools these days. But reading tests have been a problem as even the NFER ones have a Whole Language bias. The Neale Analysis test which was the standard for many years has comprehension mixed in - disadvantages those who don't have wide vocabul...
by geraldinecarter
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: International Literacy Centre and RR - important!
Replies: 23
Views: 6824

Re: International Literacy Centre and RR - important!

There has been a debate on Linkedin on Reading Recovery Data. Jean Harrison (http://www.vaslearningcentre.com)posted the following comment and has given permission to it to be circulated: I was struck by the quote from J F Kennedy in the closing paragraph of the document on New Zealand literacy leve...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: So how is reading taught in 2014?
Replies: 12
Views: 3820

Re: So how is reading taught in 2014?

I'm not sure that teacher's have to think deeply about any children who are not making good progress . There are very fine programmes, particularly suitable for children not making good progress - Sound Reading System, Sound Discovery amongst them - and decodable books like those I'm involved with t...
by geraldinecarter
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why I became radicalised and a 'phonics phanatic’
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: Why I became radicalised and a 'phonics phanatic’

Yes, it was certainly great to read - thanks, Heather.