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Reading Recovery: deprived 11-year-olds don’t have to face a bleak future

Julia Douëtil The latest paper from the Education Endowment Foundation highlights the 25% of 11-year-olds in poverty each year who fail to reach national curriculum level 4, and the devastating impact that is likely to have on each of those children’s

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Literacy: the ultimate investment in the future

Julia Douetil ‘Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future …. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain

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Is the new SPaG test for 11 year olds the best way to improve grammar, punctuation and spelling?

Julia Douëtil Grammar, punctuation and spelling matter! Whether we like it or not, they influence the way we are perceived in speech and writing. Actor Alexander Armstrong complained recently of unreasonable prejudice against people with posh accents and he is

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Catch up is great, but it’s even better to catch them early

Julia Douetil News of the additional catch up premium, for children failing to reach national curriculum level 4 in reading and maths at age 11, gets two cheers and a plea. Literacy is so central to education, culture and work that

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