For advocates of phonics, it can be especially galling to see reputable newspapers and magazines giving space to the claims of the Whole Language lobby, whilst denying advocates of phonics a right to an adequate reply. The question is: what to do about it?In ‘The truth will out’, published in the New Scientist (15/05/2010), Michael… Continue reading ‘The truth will out’
What did yesterday’s SATs news tell us that we didn’t already know? The results show a decline in performance, with more than 1400 primary schools falling below the government’s so-called ‘floor target’ for attainment in maths and English. What’s the government’s response? According to the BBC’s education correspondent, Gary Eason, it wants ‘local authorities to… Continue reading Further decline in SATs scores evidence that this government has run out of ideas.