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Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:57 pm

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I've just posted a question via 'Education Bear' for a forthcoming Q & A session with Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform (on 19th November) - and hope that my question will be allowed to appear after moderation.

We have heard from concerned parents for many years via the Reading Reform Foundation message forum - and they have described some very poor experiences when they have tried to raise their concern about the continuation of mixed methods rather than the adoption of the systematic synthetic phonics teaching principles in their children's schools.

I have asked Nick Gibb whether he has any advice for parents regarding holding schools to account for the methods they promote.

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Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:58 pm

I've copied and pasted the question that I wrote which is currently awaiting moderation:
As someone with a specialism in phonics, reading, writing and spelling, and a teacher-trainer in the field, and a member of the Reading Reform Foundation, I can report that we often hear from very disillusioned and frustrated parents because their children’s teachers do not follow the teaching principles for systematic synthetic phonics in their entirety. What the teachers provide is some phonics teaching but along with multi-cueing reading strategies where children are taught to guess words from clues such as picture and context clues. These schools do not provide cumulative decodable reading books for beginners to read independently – and some parents describe how when they’ve raised their concern with the schools, they are treated very badly by defensive teachers and headteachers.

My question for Nick Gibb is whether he has any advice for parents regarding how they might hold such schools to account for persisting with mixed methods to the detriment of their children’s reading capacity and long-term reading habits.

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Re: Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by volunteer » Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:45 pm

I do hope you get an answer Debbie! Perhaps some of us could take in on some school tours.

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Re: Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by Papermover » Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:36 pm

Well done Debbie and a big thank you.

Some of these schools are not only teaching children, but also training teachers, via the Teaching School Alliance.

My DDs school is a short tube hop from Westminster, I'm sure they would be delighted to see him.

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Re: Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by volunteer » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:48 pm

Hee hee - you could show him round Papermover. Would your union be impressed?!!

Our school would be a scenic route into the country for him but not impossible for a half day trip.

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Re: Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by Papermover » Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:55 pm

Let's not go there Volunteer...

Debbie's question is up

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Re: Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:23 am

Does anyone know if Nick Gibb addressed the question?

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Post by maizie » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:56 am

How are you supposed to find out? The website is completely uninformative.

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Re: Questions invited for Nick Gibb via Education Bear

Post by Susan Godsland » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:20 am

From what I can gather, the website was not the place to put your question to Nick Gibb.
The questions had to be put as part of a 'live' twitter chat. When I discovered this, I put the following tweet into the twitter chat stream -but too late I think :sad:
#primedchat Mr. Gibb, please could you respond to @debbiehepp 's Q here http://educationbear.wordpress.com/2014 ... 11-at-8pm/

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