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‘What works’ in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear

Dominic Wyse.  The present government in England says it wants to focus on ‘what works’ in education, backed up by solid research, especially research using randomised controlled trial (RCT) designs. Yet, the mismatch between Ministers’ curriculum policy for English teaching

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How can digital library systems help teachers support children’s reading for pleasure?

Natalia Kucirkova & Teresa Cremin.  Children need to be able to read well to function in society and their engagement as readers needs nurturing from birth. Digital library systems offer enormous opportunities to tap into children’s interests and enhance teachers’ skills

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

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

Reading Recovery: celebrating success

Janet Smith.  “Reading has given you a golden ticket for the rest of your lives!”. These are the words the President and Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, used to welcome primary school pupils to last week’s Reading Recovery Awards at the

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For literacy it pays to start early

Guest blogger: Jerome Finnegan. The Read On. Get On. coalition is working towards the ambitious goal of all children in England attaining a good level of reading by age 11, by 2025. Two new reports released by the campaign, for England

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