Nick Gibb addresses Reading Reform Foundation conference

Congratulations RRF for the fantastic conference which took place at Birckbeck College. Nick Gibb gave the final presentation. Here it is: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/nick-gibb-the-importance-of-phonics

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E. D. Hirsch – no longer a pariah but defender of poor kids

Read about E.D. Hirsch the thinker behind Common Core in the USA, once considered “Defender of the dead white guys” in the blog ‘Politico’. http://www.politico.com/magazine/politico50/2014/ive-been-a-pariah-for-so-long.html#.VAiqNMsg_IX Thanks to Susan Godsland of www.dyslexics.org.uk for flagging this up.

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How to bridge the reading gap? ‘Balanced Learning’ (literacy chaos) or Direct Instruction?

Read here Spelfabet’s common sense approach on how to help struggling readers from indigenous communities in Australia: http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/07/literacy-policy/

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Evidence based teaching: fantastic reading results using Magic Belt, Totem and Talisman series

Here are results sent to us from Teacher A. who has used our catch-up range Magic Belt, Totem and Talisman books and workbooks this past year. All her pupils struggled with reading and had various profiles of learning difficulties.  These include speech and language difficulties, specific learning difficulties, school absence and emotional difficulties.  The teaching took place in a 1: […]

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How to use the Pupil Premuim to raise literacy achievement of pupils in KS2

In 2013-2014, children on free school meals will be eligible for £900.00 Pupil Premium funding.  This initiative aims to bridge the academic attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. This is a great opportunity to purchase resources for SEN pupils! Ofsted will be looking for a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of the use of the Pupil […]

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How to use the Pupil premium funding for improving literacy attainment in KS1

In 2013-2014 every pupil on free school meals will be eligible for £900.00 of Pupil Premium funding.  These funds are intended to help disadvantaged pupils catch-up in their academic achievement. Ofsted will be looking for a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of the use of the Pupil Premium.  They will be expecting to see progress in academic […]

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Pupil Premium – FAQ’s

“Britain has one of the widest and most entrenched education attainment gaps between poor and wealthier children in Europe…. Children from low income backgrounds are half as likely to get five good grades at GCSE as their classmates. … They are more likely to leave school at 16, more likely to become Neets (not in […]

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How to use the Pupil Premium

Now that the DfE will be allocating £2.5 bn a year to schools to raise achievement of disadvantaged pupils, schools will be looking how to make the best use of these funds. We know that the need is there.  Now that funds are available, is it important that they reach the target pupils and – […]

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Pupil Premium – FAQ’s

“Britain has one of the widest and most entrenched education attainment gaps between poor and wealthier children in Europe…. Children from low income backgrounds are half as likely to get five good grades at GCSE as their classmates. … They are more likely to leave school at 16, more likely to become Neets (not in […]

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