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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

Are Emoji a ‘universal language’? Today is World Emoji Day so let’s 🤔 about it

William Gibson.  What does heart ❤️ followed by ghost 👻, robot 🤖 and LOL mean? What about googly eyes 👀 followed by the peace sign ✌🏻? This is a trick question really because the answer is… it depends. It depends

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Posted in Language and literacy, Social sciences and social policy

The benefits of a bilingual brain in the modern world

Roberto Filippi.  A multilingual world It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population – over 3 billion people – can communicate in two (or more) languages. If we consider that our societies are increasingly mobile, monolingual speakers

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Posted in Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology

How can research truly inform practice? It takes a lot more than just providing information

Jonathan Sharples.  The Education Endowment Foundation’s latest evaluation report, the ‘Literacy Octopus‘, provides plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in improving the way research evidence informs practice, not just in education, but across sectors. This pair of large,

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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