Brazil · match-funding · Nick Gibb · The Sun

Brazil nuts about education!

If you happened to have bought the Sun newspaper last Sunday, you will doubtless have read Nick Gibb’s piece (pp14 – 15) ‘The teachers aren’t letting down kids… it’s [the] methods of teachers’. In the article, Gibb claims that one in ten boys leave ‘primary school with the reading age of a seven-year-old or worse’.… Continue reading Brazil nuts about education!

Helen Ward · Nick Gibb · Sue Palmer · TES

Heads’ nervousness increases as phonics check looms

As June approaches and more heads across the country realise that, in a little over two months, their Year 1 pupils will be sitting the government’s new phonics screening check, the level of panic is beginning to rise. Yesterday’s TES (‘Heads read the riot act over new phonics test’) was reporting that some heads are… Continue reading Heads’ nervousness increases as phonics check looms

Harry Potter · Nick Gibb · teaching of phonics · Y1 check

Reading Harry Potter by 11

Graeme Paton in yesterday’s Telegraph has headlined Nick Gibb’s latest attempts to raise standards in reading by reporting him as saying that ‘all children should read Harry Potter by 11’. At first blush, it sounds nauseatingly off-putting. Another prescriptive injunction delivered in a tweetable sound-bite by a government minister! Actually, as you read on, you… Continue reading Reading Harry Potter by 11

Centre for Policy Studies · Dr John Marks · Michael Gove · Nick Gibb · Ofsted

SEN, or just poor teaching?

Has Ofsted recovered its nerve? Apparently so. In its recent report ‘The special educational needs and disability review: a statement is not enough’, Ofsted reveals that, while the number of pupils with a statement of special educational needs ‘decreased slightly’ (from 3% to 2.7%), ‘the proportion identified as needing less intensive additional support at School… Continue reading SEN, or just poor teaching?

Daily Telegraph · Nick Gibb · SATs 2010

New figures on illiteracy, or It’s the latest SATs results.

At school, my old Latin master, Georgie Lamb, once told us how Cato, in the face of the rising power of Carthage, used to include in every speech he made in the senate, the words, ‘Carthago delenda est!’ – Carthage must be destroyed. Allegedly, he (Cato) finally got his point across by holding up a… Continue reading New figures on illiteracy, or It’s the latest SATs results.