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Are all types of reading equal, or are some more equal than others?

Choice of reading matter does make a difference, data from PISA suggests

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Posted in Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Oracy: children’s skills are skewed by deprivation and privilege. How can schools bridge the gap?

Julie Dockrell. An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been set up to make Parliament and the public aware of how important the ability to communicate is as a life skill and the impact communication difficulties have on people’s lives. The

Posted in Childhood & early education, Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology

Inequalities in education and society: the home, the school and the power of reading

This blog is based on Professor Alice Sullivan’s inaugural professorial lecture, presented at the UCL Institute of Education on 18 June 2019 Much of my work concerns the way that advantage and disadvantage are passed down from one generation to

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy

Personalisation in children’s reading: what do the literacy experts think?

Natalia Kucirkova. With the advent of personalised news and algorithms automatically predicting what one should read, children’s own agency as readers is in peril. When this is coupled with a boom in the children’s personalised book industry, reading for pleasure

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Language and literacy

Why haven’t we progressed further on supporting children’s speech and language needs?

Amelia Roberts. Ten years on from the Bercow Review (2008) and we are still hearing that it is a ‘scandal’ that children are even now starting school with impoverished language skills. Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, spoke this week at

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology
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