Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

The One With the Jolly Phonics

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

You know in my last blog I said we've all started school? Well we really have! It would appear that I have to totally re-learn how to read.

Schools Using iPads to Teach Aren't Elitist They Are Egalitarian

John Friend | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

There's been a lot of talk lately about two things that are going on in primary schools at the moment. Synthetic Phonics, which is the government prescribed method of teaching kids to read and write, and iPads, which are starting to play an important role in schools and learning.

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

Government Reading Tests Under Fire At Teachers' Conference

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers have called for a campaign against the government's new reading test, including a possible boycott, as it warned pupils will be labelled as f...

Reading Check For Six-Year-Olds Rolled Out | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Six-year-olds in England will face a new reading test next summer, after trials this year....