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The Guardian piece on Dyslexia Wars 16.9.2020

Children are not discovering an essential skill for learning. In response to the piece, on Dyslexia Wars in the Guardian on 19.6.2020, there is still no appreciation that not all children learn in the same way.   Bright, creative, imaginative children … Continue reading

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Coming out of ICU

Yesterday’s Guardian had this section, entitled “Learning to breathe again: the long road to recovery from Covid-19”. The ICU service is exceptional and this article reminded both my husband and I of his 7-day stay in ICU, during a hospitalisation … Continue reading

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Maths made easy with Steve Chinn

So many people are anxious about elementary maths, join us for an on-line free teleseminar to explain the basics easily. Steve Chinn makes it all seem very simple.  http://www.mathsexplained.co.uk Book your place here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3872950943873006594 The recent Guardian article looked at … Continue reading

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Is SEND at breaking point?

Yesterday’s article in the Observer, talks of a 26% increase in the number of court appeals, a total of 6374 appeals lodged in 2018-19. Full text below. So we have a “perfect storm” for special educational needs;  parents are desperately … Continue reading

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Guardian: Psychiatric drugs more harm than good expert

Notice this article includes ADHD drugs.  Please post your comments below, especially from those using ADHD drugs. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/12/psychiatric-drugs-more-harm-than-good-expert  

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Half of Children Leave reception unready for school

Sarah Boseley, reports for the Guardian today this terrifying statistic that comes from Sir Michael Marmot’s  The Institute of Health Equity. There is one vital measure that hasn’t been included in the assessment of the literacy and numeracy of 5 … Continue reading

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Speaking proper: does it matter if we can’t pronounce mispronunciation?

I love this article from Steven Poole in the Guardian this week, about our crazy pronunciation of some words.  Take a look here. A few weeks ago I was going past Reading on the M4 to do a school event.  … Continue reading

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Overcoming Dyslexia: What do you enjoy #reading?

It a natural thing that when you find it difficult to read, or in some cases impossible you make up all sorts of reasons why it doesn’t matter, to avoid feeling stupid. You convince yourself that there is no value … Continue reading

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#OECD report : are we asking the wrong question

OK we have a gloomy picture, from the #PISA report, of our ability to teach good #literacy, #numeracy and #science to 15 year olds this time.  Lets learn from this and look at why we haven’t progressed in the last … Continue reading

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Thousands of seven-year-olds struggle with schoolwork

Guardian article 29th Sept 2011 http://ow.ly/6KlWg “The new statistics reveal that after three years of schooling many children can read only the easiest words, such as “cat” or “dog”, and do the very simplest sums.  Almost 106,000 seven-year-olds have failed … Continue reading

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