I’ve just had my daughter and her two children over for a few days over Christmas and, while they were here, it set me thinking a bit more about a programme I’d been listening to recently on Radio 4 about Ladybird books, which you can look at here. As I have a small collection of… Continue reading The very contented grandson!
Here are the SATs results from three schools that have implemented Sounds~Write. What is really impressive about these results is that they all have very good results at Level 5. The head teacher of one of these schools I was talking to this morning was nonplussed about the fact that even when some schools do… Continue reading Now you know why we called it Sounds-Write!
I’ve posted this on my blog because I couldn’t post such a long answer on Chris’s blog. You can read what he had to say here. Hi Chris, You’re right about lots of the things you say in this posting. Spelling does ‘bug’ lots of people. It is accorded far too much importance partly because it… Continue reading The hydra of spelling!
The closing keynote talk at Thursday’s conference, ‘EAL: testing the limits of phonics’, given by Frank Monaghan, was nothing more nor less than a crude caricature of phonics. As a matter of fact, he never attempted to engage with the principles behind phonics teaching. Rather he posed as the scourge of educational psychologists, of the… Continue reading Second half: the dog whistle politics of the anti-phonics lobby
Yesterday I attended ‘The Future of Phonics in Education and Learning’ conference in London, organised by ‘Inside Government’. Gordon Askew, literacy adviser and phonics expert, was one of the keynote speakers tasked with the job of providing guidance on the direction in which government is going to take phonics. Both of Askew’s talks set out… Continue reading A game of two halves: first half