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Bridging the story and children’s unique worlds: researching digital personalised books

Natalia Kucirkova.  Personalisation is a buzzword in the business world, especially now that adverts can follow us all over the Internet. But personalisation – or ‘personalised learning’ – has also been a recurring trend in education, with the aim of

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Literacy, Parents, Research matters

When reading turns from chore to pleasure

Sally Perry. Of the many roles performed by the children’s or school librarian perhaps the most mystical is that of matchmaker: matching books with readers. Joy Court*, reviews editor of The School Librarian, describes the specialist children’s librarian mantra as

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Does traditional grammar instruction improve children’s writing ability?

Alice Sullivan and Dominic Wyse.  Children in England have recently taken their statutory tests at age 10-11 (commonly known as Key Stage 2 SATs). The results, published today, show that the pass rate has plummeted compared to last year. This

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Posted in curriculum & assessment, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Literacy, Schools

From WhatsApp to Wind in the Willows: the digital v print debate

Sally Perry ‘All reading can be done on iPads’ At the ATL teachers’  union conference earlier this month the third motion on the final day called for an end to cuts and closures in school libraries. The motion was supported

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