Disadvantaged Pupils

This summer – an opportunity for catch up reading

Here we are in the last term of school and soon the summer will be upon us. It is really important that during this summer, the ‘summer slump’ of learning loss will not add to the learning loss that has […]

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Why we should be teaching phonemic awareness to address learning loss and equity

I recently listened to a webinar by Dr Susan Brady and there some really important points I wanted to summarise for busy teachers. Focus what is supported by evidence to accelerate learning We are now racing against time to reverse […]

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What if?

What if a young illiterate man had not travelled to New York from the Bahamas to find work? What if he hadn’t been rejected from the American Negro Theatre in Harlem because he couldn’t read? What if he hadn’t had […]

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Girls can be dyslexic too

In the past, most of the students referred to the Learning Center where I work were boys.  It was thought that dyslexia was a disability that mostly boys had.  Girls were very good at disguising their reading disability with neat […]

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Should we label deprived children as less able?

Is it dangerous to assume that a child who has not had parental input is less able?  Are we setting low expectations from the very beginning? Quirky Teacher presents some important arguments about making assumptions about pupil ability in Early […]

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Let’s focus on the disadvantaged

These are the essentials for disadvantaged pupils.

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Illiteracy at the core of school failure

Here is an analysis from of why schools fail.  Illiteracy turns into disruptive behaviour.  Then no learning can take place. Thanks Echo Chamber for this post. https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/11037324/940187922

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All children deserve the golden standard

Read this wonderful post by Spelfabet about how we shouldn’t and don’t need to tolerate reading failure in schools.  Thanks Spelfabet! Sorry, all kids deserve the gold standard  

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Language and literacy policies

For those you who have time over half term I recommend this excellent article by Pamela Snow.  It gives one a very good overview about the politicisation of the teaching of literacy in English speaking countries around the world. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/17549507.2015.1112837

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Do children have a right to learn to read?

Here is another thought provoking post by Spelfabet about children’s right to an education.  Is it reasonable to demand they have a right to learn to read at school? Teachers’ feelings are not more important than students’ rights

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