Tag Archives: literacy

SPaG tests and writing objectives for 11 year olds

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In our previous post we set out the objectives for children’s writing by the age of 7, as outlined in a booklet written by Her Majesty’s Inspectors in the Curriculum Matters series. Our aim is to compare and contrast what … Continue reading

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SPaG tests – How did we get here? HMI and English from 5 to 16

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Back in the days when HMIs were the most respected force in the land for improving education they published a series of booklets called Curriculum Matters. The first booklet in the series was English 5 – 16. It appeared in … Continue reading

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Creative Schools: “We need to call time on exam-factory education”

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“The shadow secretary of state salutes Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica’s powerful manifesto which opposes standardised testing and calls for a more inspirational approach to teaching” – The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/23/creative-schools-revolutionising-education-from-the-ground-up-ken-robinson-lou-aronica-review This post is a 3Di review of a book review. … Continue reading

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Finally we have them: the OECD’s first ‘Adult PISA’ results

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To a non-educationalist this headline might not appear the most exciting news of the day, so let’s try this instead: England’s young people are near bottom of global league table for basic skills http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/08/england-young-people-league-table-basic-skills-oecd?CMP=twt_gu Or if you prefer the BBC … Continue reading

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Self-study, Self-exploration, Self-empowerment

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“We’re obsessed with grades because we’re obsessed with data.” – Schocken Today’s post is a continuation of some thoughts on independent learning: self-study, self-exploration, and self-empowerment. Shimon Schocken is a former dean at Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He’s also taught … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Teacher’s Day

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles first record. “Love Me Do” made the charts at number 17. It was the start of a new phase in world music, and today around the globe people are … Continue reading

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Drop Everything and Read

As schools begin the new school term we have our usual list of aspirations for education in this country and indeed globally. There are revolutions happening across the world and still in the UK we are stuck with an archaic, … Continue reading

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Phonics, Collaboration and Professional Practice.

I shall assume that your silence gives consent.  – Plato. Yesterday’s post highlighted the teaching of phonics and the three teaching unions that are protesting about the new phonics tests. Leaders of three teachers’ unions have written to MPs urging … Continue reading

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The Great Phonics Debate and Methodical Madness.

On and on rage the arguments about “synthetic phonics” and their use in learning to read. Consider this delightful sentence I came across in Pedant’s Corner in the Guardian recently: “These are tools that everyone should have in her/his armamentarium … Continue reading

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