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Phonics: myths and evidence

Margaret Clark’s recently updated Learning to be Literate (2016) provides essential pointers to the biased way in which evidence was assembled and deployed in support of teaching reading by synthetic phonics. Briefly, synthetic phonics involves starting by learning letters and then assembling … Continue reading


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Developmentally informed educational excellence everywhere?

by Dr Pam Jarvis, Leeds Trinity University   At the beginning of April 2016, the Government finally accepted the overwhelming evidence against ‘baseline’ testing young children. The inadvisability of this measure was obvious to me, not only because baseline testing … Continue reading

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