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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 30th March, 2021: The DfE announces U-turn of its decision to revise Letters and Sounds (DfES, 2007)
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: 30th March, 2021: The DfE announces U-turn of its decision to revise Letters and Sounds (DfES, 2007)

Over a number of years I have written about 'Letters and Sounds' (DfES, 2007) being more akin to a framework than a 'full' SSP programme as it necessitated teachers equipping it with teaching and learning resources. It was also suggested in the publication that teachers needed a mnemonic system ('ai...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 30th March, 2021: The DfE announces U-turn of its decision to revise Letters and Sounds (DfES, 2007)
Replies: 2
Views: 101

30th March, 2021: The DfE announces U-turn of its decision to revise Letters and Sounds (DfES, 2007)

This is potentially huge news in England's context with implications for schools overseas too.

You can read the DfE's announcement here:

https://phonicsinternational.com/forum/ ... php?t=1153
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A blast from the past - but still relevant - about phonics denialism!
Replies: 2
Views: 235

A blast from the past - but still relevant - about phonics denialism!

This well-known series of posts featuring 'phonics' was written by a UK-based teacher/blogger via his 'Scenes of the Battleground' blog - and as a favourite, it is being currently circulated on Twitter: 3 ways phonics denialists will try to fool you https://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2017/11...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reading Ape blog
Replies: 3
Views: 2822

Re: The Reading Ape blog

Ofsted's Annual Report for 2019/20 mentions the need for beginners to be provided with books that match the alphabetic code children have been taught - this just shows we've come a long, long way in England since the multi-cueing word-guessing days of the 'Searchlights' reading strategies of the Nat...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted Annual Report 2019/20
Replies: 0
Views: 2032

Ofsted Annual Report 2019/20

In England, Ofsted reports on its findings pre and post lockdown - consequences of the pandemic. In this thread (link below) that I started via the forum of the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction , I featured the observations about 'phonics' at first and then felt very guilty...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Interventions for Tuition
Replies: 2
Views: 3160

Re: Interventions for Tuition

• Phonics Intervention – systematic and incidental phonics for reading, spelling and handwriting https://phonicsintervention.org/tutoring-uk/ Thank you for flagging up these very good 'systematic synthetic phonics' based programmes and resources, Elizabeth. Both the Phonics International programme ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: We are sorry to hear of the loss of Peter Warner who pioneered for phonics in Japan
Replies: 0
Views: 4179

We are sorry to hear of the loss of Peter Warner who pioneered for phonics in Japan

Peter Warner was at one time a regular contributor to the RRF message forum. We're really sorry to hear of his loss. Susan Godsland alerted us to a heartwarming testimonial written about Peter Warner and his work and Peter's supportive effect on others: Remembering Peter Warner https://ltprofessiona...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 05, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Decodable material
Topic: 2020 Coronavirus lockdown free literacy resources
Replies: 1
Views: 18695

2020 Coronavirus lockdown free literacy resources

Warmest greetings to everyone who reads this message. These are frightening and heartbreaking times as the world goes into various forms of lockdown in fear of the coronavirus Covid 19. One way or another, our societies are disrupted and many people are losing loved relatives and friends and/or thei...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics makes the difference
Replies: 1
Views: 4505

Re: Phonics makes the difference

Here is a thread at the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction featuring the responses to Lucy Calkin's approach to reading instruction:

https://iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1334
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article
Replies: 1
Views: 4375

Re: Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article

I'm linking this thread to another which features Jenny Chew's critique of the work of Margaret Clark and associates which, at the time of posting this message, has over 8,000 views so is clearly of great interest:

https://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtop ... f=1&t=6392
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article
Replies: 1
Views: 4375

Nursery World: 'Focus on phonics criticised in new survey' - responses to article

Some critics of phonics and/or the phonics check are so vociferous, but so dangerously misleading, inaccurate and/or disingenuous, that I feel it is important to respond to their work in great detail - leaving no stone unturned. Then, if other people wish to promote the phonics check - for example i...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 50
Views: 72694

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Thank you for flagging up the article in Nursery World, Jenny. I think it is very important that we keep addressing the criticisms of the phonics check and phonics - and this includes putting the record straight more often than not. I have taken some of your comments to add to the responses to the s...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics debate in Australia
Replies: 10
Views: 13246

Re: Phonics debate in Australia

Professor Pamela Snow has written an outstanding post via The Snow Report blog with reference to the Phonics Debate - it is really worth reading in full: It’s time for a Reading Renaissance This article has been reproduced with permission from The Professional Educator , October 2018, special editio...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 2018 Phonics Screening Check results
Replies: 1
Views: 4642

Re: 2018 Phonics Screening Check results

Many thanks, Jenny.

The link below to the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction includes some responses to the latest phonics check and other relevant issues including some worrying comments from teachers' union leaders:

https://iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1117