Our second session at ResearchED English and MFL, Oxford was entitled It’s Not Too Late to draw attention to a common misconception in secondary schools: namely, that students who are reading seriously behind when they arrive at secondary can never catch up.
We surveyed the research and what it tells us about what it takes to enable struggling adolescent readers to succeed at something where they have always failed. The key points are:
1 The difficulty of teaching reading has been underestimated;
2 Reading is more complex and less intuitive than we think;
3 Addressing the problems of older struggling readers is very intricate – and also immensely rewarding.
We finished the session with some case studies to show just what is possible with regard to turning around reading failure at secondary school.
Session 1: Wars and Waste
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