Total War on Illiteracy – or Dad’s Army?

Total War on Illiteracy – or Dad’s Army?

A recent news report gave us the alarming news that as a result of remote learning during the pandemic, some 200,000 students are expected to arrive at secondary school reading below expectations this September. According the Daily Telegraph, this has caused alarm...
Papering over the Reading Gap

Papering over the Reading Gap

What does the adoption of a ‘visual stress’ approach to reading difficulties tell us about the state of teacher knowledge? I have been struck over the last year or so by the number of schools where I encounter coloured paper or coloured overlays as standard...
Results or Outcomes?

Results or Outcomes?

While the current round of results is seen as an avoidable fiasco, the real value of education has never been more apparent. After a year of turmoil, uncertainty, sudden announcements and mountains of marking, students will be turning up to school this week to collect...
How to Build Independent Learners

How to Build Independent Learners

The adage, ‘everything works somewhere and nothing works everywhere’ can result in teachers dismissing effective practices because they don’t realize the principles that lie behind those practices. Understanding these principles helps teachers to select the most...
When is a crisis not a crisis?

When is a crisis not a crisis?

Claims of a crisis can distract us from dealing with the real crisis. Another Sunday morning, another ‘literacy crisis’. The Sunday Times has just learned that some students are arriving at secondary school with reading ages as low as six, as if this was a recent...