Category: Reading

Classic case of not reading enough

Classic case of not reading enough

With the advance of modern technology, social media and text speak is it any wonder that our young people are losing literacy and vocabulary skills? Research from the Oxford University Press has revealed that a shocking 4 out of 10 children starting secondary school have such limited vocabulary it is harming their learning. Modern life…

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A creative way to passing exams and installing a life-long love for words

A creative way to passing exams and installing a life-long love for words

Creative writing is far from a pastime – it’s the key to unlocking a child’s potential in English, getting good grades at GCSE and most importantly installing a life-long love of reading and language. In the new English GCSE, 50% of the exam paper has a creative writing element – being able to write with…

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Phonics is sounding out success

Phonics is sounding out success

As a passionate advocate of education being the key to unlocking the success of the country as a whole, it was great to hear the news of England and Northern Ireland climbing the education league tables. When it comes to reading at primary level, England and Northern Ireland are both now in the top 10…

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Bring in the primary specialists

Bring in the primary specialists

Unlocking children’s potential – and ultimately this country’s future success – must begin in primary school. For far too long subsequent governments have been focusing most of their efforts on improving GCSE results. What many politicians have failed to realise is that in order to improve the end exam results you need to have a…

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Strike out test protests

Strike out test protests

On Tuesday the news bulletins were filled with scenes of happy children stomping through woods and playing among nature. But this wasn’t because the bank holiday had been extended – no, these children should have been at school. It was the first ‘kids strike’ when thousands of parents deliberately kept their children away from school…

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