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by Anna
Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Read Write Inc. Fresh Start
Replies: 9
Views: 14442

Re: Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

Hi Sue, Fresh Start is very suitable for use working one to one with a pupil. I work as a private tutor and have adapted it to fit in with the structure of my lessons and it has been highly successful so far. Ideally, FS is meant to be used for an hour 5 times a week. However, I only see my pupils f...
by Anna
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Michael Gove Invites the Public to Hold the DfE to Account'
Replies: 0
Views: 2005

'Michael Gove Invites the Public to Hold the DfE to Account'

I've been keeping an eye on the DfE website, as important new announcements are being posted on there. This is the latest: http://www.education.gov.uk/news/news/mg-invites-public The article says that they are publishing a new type of document called a Structural Reform Plan. You can download it fro...
by Anna
Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling
Replies: 109
Views: 38636

Re: Mumsnet threads on reading and spelling

It is very interesting to read your experiences, Little Red Dragon. I am a little confused thought as you say that you think Synthetic Phonics is great but that it isn't a cure-all as it didn't teach you to read. You refer to Ruth Miskin's programme (was it Read Write Inc or an earlier programme)? A...
by Anna
Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Remember me!
Replies: 6
Views: 11928

Re: Remember me!

Hi Geraldine, Just to respond to your enquiry. It wasn't me who tutored Ilk's daughter. I am very pleased to read how well she has done. It is a great programme and I achieve similar results. I am also using Fresh Start with a few older pupils and find that excellent too, for those who need a slight...
by Anna
Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nick Gibb - Speech to the Reform Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2555

Nick Gibb - Speech to the Reform Conference

Hi all, I just read this speech on the Department of Education website and thought it was important to flag it up. Nick Gibb talks about child-centred education, bureacracy and very explicitly about the importance of synthetic phonics. No specifics as yet but he says that will come in the following ...
by Anna
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Free Schools
Replies: 1
Views: 2192

Free Schools

Link to the statement on the DFE website about Free Schools. There is further info on the website.

http://www.education.gov.uk/freeschools
by Anna
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Gove -speech
Replies: 1
Views: 2248

Michael Gove -speech

Link from DfE website to Michael Gove's speech to the National College for Leadership of Schools Very interesting - esp relationing to the propossed slimmed down 'core curriculum', 'free shcools' and cutting bureaucracy. :cool: http://www.education.gov.uk/news/speeches/nationalcollegeannualconference
by Anna
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Polly Toynbee mourns the loss of ECAR
Replies: 16
Views: 7797

Re: Polly Toynbee mourns the loss of ECAR

Today I received the Hertfordshire magazine with news from the county. They are describing a new scheme of 1:1 support with (you guessed it) specially trained reading recovery teachers. It says that after trials at one school, the programme is to be expanded to the whole county. Apparently 'by 2011 ...
by Anna
Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Changes to Primary Curriculum Announced
Replies: 1
Views: 1889

Re: Changes to Primary Curriculum Announced

More detail is to be announced shortly, so it may answer some of our questions about how the government intent to implement SP teaching.
by Anna
Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Changes to Primary Curriculum Announced
Replies: 1
Views: 1889

Changes to Primary Curriculum Announced

Along with today’s significant qualifications announcements, ministers also confirmed that they will not proceed with the last Government’s proposed new primary curriculum, which was based on a review led by Sir Jim Rose. The new curriculum was due to be taught in schools from September 2011, but th...
by Anna
Wed May 26, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Education Bill to introduce new reading tests
Replies: 7
Views: 3931

Re: Education Bill to introduce new reading tests

Hi Elizabeth. It's on the page outlining the Education Bill, as part of the Queen's speech. Not sure how to make this a hyperlink.

http://www.number10.gov.uk/queens-speec ... bill-50848
by Anna
Wed May 26, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Education Bill to introduce new reading tests
Replies: 7
Views: 3931

Re: Education Bill to introduce new reading tests

I have just looked at the Number 10 website and it says 6-year olds. :grin: Hopefully they'll have a spelling test too.
by Anna
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ch4 TV tonight 8pm. Dispatches: Kids don't count
Replies: 6
Views: 3857

I look forward to watching when I have a chance - house in disarray with DIY projects currently! Why do they always schedule these education-related Dispatches programmes in school holidays, when teachers and families are away or otherwise busy. They did it with the programme on Adult Literacy and I...
by Anna
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 5
Views: 3018

Just flagging up this article from last week's Sunday Times. I thought it was a very important piece.

Ofsted's Hidden Cult of Failure.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 936090.ece
by Anna
Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The gender gap in another culture
Replies: 10
Views: 5107

I've done quite a lot of research into books to recommend to my tutees and books which they tell me they enjoy once they are reading confidently. I actually think that if anything things have gone the other way and there is more modern fiction which is targetted more at boys than girls (apart from t...