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Parents, Teachers

Is it time to stop the swipe and focus on reading stamina?

Technology during remote learning saved us. It meant we could continue to deliver education to pupils across the UK. But that has come at a price, says Cathy Prole, deputy head at St Michael’s C of E Primary School, in her recent article with Teach Primary. Now children are back in the classroom we need to refocus on sustained reading.

Kids reading

School Leaders, Teachers

How An Attachment Aware And Trauma Informed Approach Can Support Children In The Post-Pandemic Era

We all know how much Covid-19 has impacted on the world. From lockdowns, to isolating to shielding, we’ve all been affected in some way. At the heart of those most affected, are our school children. Having missed out on huge chunks of their ‘normal’ school education, alongside reports of increased anxiety and mental health difficulties in children returning to school post-pandemic, we are facing one of, if not the, biggest crises we’ll probably ever face in our teaching careers. So, what can we do?! Well, adopting an approach often reserved for children who are, or have previously been, in Local Authority Care may just be the answer.

School Leaders, Teachers

Boost children’s reading and give them a life skill!

The learning gap between disadvantaged children and those from more affluent backgrounds has increased by 46% according to a survey from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). With many children having to shift back to home learning at the start of this year, the challenge is greater than ever. In the following blog post,  Andrea Welter, assistant head teacher from Pheasey Park Primary School, discusses the need to close the gap and recover lost learning…

Parents, School Leaders, Teachers

A Dyslexia Friendly Environment!

As the old saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’ so think about how much you know about dyslexia. If your answer is ‘not much’, then Dyslexia Awareness Week could be a great time to improve your knowledge! The British Dyslexia Association’s website is a great place to start, with articles, webinars and more information to help you become more Dyslexia aware! As a proud partner of the British Dyslexia Association, we have created the following list of top tips which you can follow to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your classroom…

School Leaders, Teachers

How technology can drive classroom efficiency!

It is clear that technology has played an integral role when it comes to supporting the shift to blended and online learning. Both teachers and pupils have spent a lot of time over lockdown with laptops and tablets at the kitchen table, so now is a great time for schools to think about how they can harness the power of technology to create a more efficient classroom…

Parents, Teachers

Supporting reading development over Summer

The summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity for children to develop their interest and enthusiasm for reading. However, time away from the classroom can also cause children’s reading skills to slide before their return to school. But how do you keep children on track with their reading amidst all the distractions the holidays may bring?

School Leaders, Teachers

Teaching the foundations of literacy – The DfE Reading Framework

For all teachers and educators involved in the teaching of early reading, the Department for Education’s new Reading Framework provides some great guidance when it comes to meeting expectations of teaching and provision. However, at 115 pages the policy document poses as quite an extensive bedtime read. In the following blog post, we have provided an easy to digest summary for all those interested to find out more.

Parents, Teachers

Attention Skills and Reading!

Intuitively, parents and teachers understand that attention is important to learning. If you cannot pay attention in class or while reading a book, you are not going to learn much. However, attention is much more foundational than just ‘paying attention’. Attention skills impact self-control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility, which are known collectively as executive function skills…

Teachers

Assessing children’s post-lockdown reading development!

In their recent article with Open Access Government, Pamela Hanigan and Rachel Gelder, founders of Lancashire Dyslexia Information Guidance and Support (LDIGS), explain how teachers and SENDCOs can assess children’s post-lockdown reading development and give the best support to their learning back in the classroom.