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The Long-term Impact of Effective Teaching in the Early Years

We often talk about how critical the first few years of school can be on a child’s future education. Two recently published studies highlight the long-term impact of effective versus ineffective teaching in the first year of school Peter Tymms et al. (2017) measured the reading and maths development of 40,000 children in England at […]

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Audio Books

Should we be letting our children listen to audio books? Like the answer to most questions, it is about providing a balance. It is important that children are given an opportunity to read independently. It is also important that parents read to their children because there is a different interaction when a parent is reading […]

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Improving Written Expression

    Improving the writing skills of students having difficulty in this area is not easy.  There are several key components underlying students’ writing difficulties:     A failure to plan and effectively organise their writing. Difficulty in writing a sufficient quantity of text to effectively express their ideas. This can be further compounded by […]

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Word Fluency

Fluent reading requires you to be able to automatically and correctly recognise and understand the meaning of an ever-growing bank of words, effortlessly and with speed. How long does it take for a child to be able to learn to read a word automatically (i.e., without spending time decoding the word because it has become […]

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The Problem with Look-Cover-Write as a Spelling Strategy

Look-Cover-Write (or for many students GUESS) is a spelling strategy commonly used to teach spelling. However, research recently published by Dymock and Nicholson (2017) showed that students who were taught spelling using a rule-based approach had greater transference to spelling new words compared to students who were taught using look-cover-write-check, and this was true for […]

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