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Range of events to mark World Book Day

Range of events to mark World Book Day

From taking part in school and library events to dressing up as their favourite literary characters, thousands of children celebrated the joy of reading on World Book Day last week (Thursday, March 6). The day also saw the release of 10 new World Book …

Emma Lee-Potter, 13th March 2014
Secondary pupils shun more challenging books

Secondary pupils shun more challenging books

The difficulty of books chosen by students to read plateaus or even declines after they make the transition to secondary school, research has found. The annual What Kids are Reading report looks into the reading habits of around 426,000 pupils across yea…

Pete Henshaw, 13th March 2014

International Literacy Centre to offer in-depth professional learning

A new literacy centre aimed at improving the reading and writing skills of children has opened at London’s Institute of Education (IoE). The International Literacy Centre is to be run as a not-for-profit social enterprise and will offer professiona…

SecEd Reporter, 13th March 2014
Boosting literacy to transform outcomes for low-achieving students

Boosting literacy to transform outcomes for low-achieving students

White working class students are some of the lowest achievers in our schools and it is often a lack of reading ability that is holding them back. Senior leader Deborah Garfield discusses her work to tackle this issue. White British students make up more …

Future Leaders, 27th February 2014
A literacy challenge

A literacy challenge

When pupils reach secondary school still unable to read or write properly, we know traditional approaches are not working. Speech and language therapist Jules Clarke discusses the approaches she uses when faced with these challenges. So the best predic…

30th January 2014

A third of boys say they will not do any writing outside of the classroom

Boys are much less enthusiastic about writing than girls, a new survey has revealed. The National Literacy Trust’s  (NLT) third annual literacy survey of nearly 35,000 eight to 16-year-olds found that boys are twice as likely than girls to say…

Emma Lee-Potter, 5th December 2013
Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

The impact of Shaun McGuigan’s very simple literacy policy on his school and its students and teachers has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice. It is based on three fundamental premises, as he explains.   When Ofsted vis…

Teaching Leaders, 28th November 2013
‘In 22 years, I have never seen anything quite like it’

‘In 22 years, I have never seen anything quite like it’

When musician, writer and performer Lois Walden visited an inner city London school to engage with 24 shy and introverted students, Karen Sullivan was uncertain about the impact she would have. But the experience left her – and the students –m…

Karen Sullivan, 17th October 2013
The man with 10,000 resources wins School Librarian of the Year honour

The man with 10,000 resources wins School Librarian of the Year honour

Librarian John Iona has made a huge impact on reading at the Enfield school where he works. He leads book clubs and homework clubs at Oasis Academy Enfield, organises author visits, runs library lessons for year 7 and 8 pupils and even finds time t…

Emma Lee-Potter, 17th October 2013

At a glance headlines: October 17, 2013

New government work experience guidance, Parliament Week 2013, literacy support from Dyslexia Action and a languages competition are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for October 17, 2013. Work experience Work experience guidance has been published …

SecEd Reporter, 17th October 2013
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