BBC Breakfast · Colchester Royal Grammar school in Essex · Times Spelling Bee

The Times Spelling Bee

I didn’t realise that we have our own version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Apparently, The Times newspaper has been running the Times Spelling Bee competition, now in its third year. Having already come through the locals and the semi-finals, the eleven finalist teams fought out the Grand Final in the O2 Arena. The… Continue reading The Times Spelling Bee

Evening Standard · illiteracy · Sounds-Write

Reading and writing as Standard

Two days ago the Evening Standard underscored exactly how serious the problem of illiteracy is in London. Its report, which confined itself to the situation in the capital, claimed that:  one in four children is ‘practically illiterate when they leave school’; that there are ‘one million adults in the capital who cannot read with confidence’;… Continue reading Reading and writing as Standard