UK Literacy

E-Readers Not Libraries 'Encouraging Children To Read'

PA | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

E-readers and tablet computers encourage youngsters to read, a survey of parents suggests. It reveals that parents believe that these gadgets help ...

Drawing the Imagination...

Kate Pankhurst | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Pankhurst

Drawing and literacy go hand in hand, we are all familiar with illustrated books, but it doesn't stop there. Drawing has the power to increase understanding, enjoyment and engagement across the curriculum.

Back-To-Basics Lessons Branded As 'Boring'

PA | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers have unveiled proposals for a back-to-basics curriculum focusing on times-tables, spelling, reading and arithmetic but a union leader warned...

Employers Forced To Educate 'Inadequate' School Leavers

PA | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Many UK employers are still being forced to lay on remedial lessons for school leavers in reading, writing and maths, according to new research. An...

Being Dyslexic Can Actually Be Bloody Brilliant

Scott Bryan | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Bryan

I'm dyslexic. That's right. Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, Henry Winkler and Orlando Bloom and I can all officially high-five each other. Now dyslexia affects people in different ways. It can be a major block to getting through school and getting through work. However, dyslexia isn't all that bad. In fact I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVE IT. Here's why...

Pre-School Carers 'Lack Basic Numeracy Or Literacy Skills'

PA | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nursery staff and childminders are allowed to work at pre-school groups without displaying basic literacy or numeracy skills, according to a Governmen...

Poor Numeracy 'Blighting' Millions Of Lives, Campaigners Warn

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Numeracy skills are "blighting" millions of people's lives, as they struggle to understand their payslips or calculate money in shops, education campa...

Happy World Book Day 21st Century Style

Helena Gillespie | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Gillespie

Happy World Book Day - I hope you find a space in your day to curl up with something good to read. But in these days of the read/write web, Kindles, ebooks and social networking, I think it's a good day to celebrate literacy of all kinds.

Parents ‘Need To Teach Children Language Skills At Home’

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Nearly a third of parents do not read to their children as they believe they have little influence on their speech and language development, research ...

Homework 'To Blame For Family Arguments'

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Homework causes arguments in a third of families, parents have admitted, with some confessing to avoiding helping their children altogether. A shoc...

'Satisfactory' Has No Place in Schools

Sachin Patel | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sachin Patel

It is right that schools are competitive environments because a school is a microcosm of real society. A debating tournament is not won by the fastest or the strongest or the man who grafts.

There Are Shadows Of Dickens's World In Ours, Says Gibb Over Literacy Problems

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Despite two centuries of change, many disadvantaged children are still facing the same literacy problems experienced in Victorian times, claims the sc...

Children Should 'Always Have A Book On The Go'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children should "always have a book on the go", schools minister Nick Gibb announced as he launched plans for a new national reading competition. Y...

Teacher Hits Back At Claims Children Can't Read Dickens

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A teacher has rejected claims by a leading Charles Dickens biographer that modern schoolchildren do not possess the attention span needed to read the ...

Giving Everyone an Excuse to Read

Lucy Meadmore | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Lucy Meadmore

So if I told you that 12 million people in the UK have difficulties with reading and writing, would you believe me? If I also told you that over one third of the population in this country don't pick up a book - would you believe that? - It's pretty shocking isn't it? And it's true.

Illiteracy Costs UK £82bn A Year In Lost Business And Wages

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 25.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The estimated cost of illiteracy to the UK economy is £81.312bn each year, according to a new report. The interim report, released by the World Li...

Computer Game Storytelling And The Man Who Wants To Do Good

John Fleming | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Tech
John Fleming

Recently, BBC Radio 4's Today programme had a strange report on 'Bibliotherapy' and the psychologically-positive healing power of reading books. It so...

Shakespeare, Chaucer, Jane Austen - All Bad at The English Language

John Fleming | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
John Fleming

I posted a blog (or did I?) the other day. Someone took offence (or did he?) and posted (or did he?) this comment: "No offense, [sic]" he wrote, "bu...

'Unnecessary' Reading Tests A 'Waste Of Money', Say Experts

PA | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The Government's new reading test for six-year-olds is a waste of taxpayers' money that will fail to identify youngsters' needs, literacy experts have...

Five-Year-Old Boys Struggling To Write Their Names

PA | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost one in five boys are struggling to write their own name at the age of five, figures suggest. Government statistics show a gen...

Can Technology Engage and Improve Boys Literacy?

Rachel McClary | Posted 12.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel McClary

Children are growing up in an increasingly technological world. Think back to how much has changed in the last 10 years and we can not possibly imagine what life will be like for our youngest children by the time they leave school.

It's Time to Replace the Full Stop. Period.

Ben Wakeling | Posted 25.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Wakeling

It's hard to believe the humble SMS is not yet 20 years old. Conceived in 1992, a single message which read 'Merry Christmas' began a form of communic...

Phonics and Reading Lists Aren't Enough to Raise Literacy Standards

Bansi Kara | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

As a teacher and professed literacy geek, I cannot explain how terrifyingly unambitious government approaches to raising standards in literacy can be.

Death Of The Paperback? Children Shun Reading In Favour Of Texting | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle

One in six children is failing to read books as they spend an increasing amount of time text messaging friends, sending emails and browsing social net...

Dolly Parton Donates 40 000 Books To Scottish Children

PA | Posted 21.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- More than 40,000 free books have been donated to children in Scotland by a foundation headed by country singer Dolly Parton. T...