The announcement of this year’s SATs results has generated the usual furore over how to interpret them. The DfE’s‘First Statistical Release’ states that: The percentage of pupils achieving the expected level, level 4 or above, in the 2012 Key Stage 2 reading tests in all schools increased by 3 percentage points from 84 per cent… Continue reading SATs stats
On a phonics training I ran on Tuesday for graduate teachers on the GTP course, I had a most interesting conversation with one of the trainees. The trainee has been asked to teach some phonics lessons in a Buckinghamshire primary school and showed me a list of spellings that were to be sent home each week.… Continue reading Phonically challenged!
While arguments rage about state versus private versus free schools, a quiet flanking movement is taking place: the growth of the virtual school or education online. As a tutor for the Open University for sixteen years, as well as being an online student with the OU myself, I’m a big fan of online study. Every… Continue reading Virtual school?
As minister of state for schools, Nick Gibb knew very well the need for ringing the changes in education. He understood well that a bull in a china shop approach would be counterproductive in assisting Michael Gove in bringing about those much needed changes. As a result, he tended to be pretty even-handed, dispensing adverse criticism of… Continue reading Goodbye Mr Gibb
I thought Sounds-Write practitioners and other readers of the blog would like to catch sight of a couple of testimonials we received at the end of last term. The first, from Pinchmill Lower School in Felmersham, Bedfordford, comes from the head teacher, Vanessa Coleman. Vanessa writes: Dear John, I thought I would write to you… Continue reading Plaudits for Sounds-Write
The new school year starts with me looking forward to the publication on September 6th of David Crystal’s new book on spelling. As readers of this blog well know, I am a huge fan of Crystal’s work. Crystal’s knowledge of the English language is encyclopaedic and he is one of the few writers on the… Continue reading Spelling crystallised