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Stories Still Lie at the Heart of a Family Christmas

Alison David

December 20th 2013 by Alison David

A consistent theme throughout our Reading Street study has been time, or the lack of it. The parents we’ve spoken to think children’s reading is very important, but find that their hectic everyday lives mean that they struggle to find the time. But, this fourth Chapter of our Reading Street study with its focus on […]

Exclusive teaching methods deny children a full opportunity to develop all necessary reading concepts and skills

Judith Williams, Specialist Teacher and Diagnostic Assessor DipSLD, BEd with distinction in practical teaching

July 23rd 2013 by Judith Williams, Specialist Teacher and Diagnostic Assessor DipSLD, BEd with distinction in practical teaching

Fundamentally, literacy is to provide meaning. I have read your new Reading Street Report with interest, and would like to offer these comments. Firstly, having now become a Specialist Teacher/Diagnostic Assessor of all age groups, with a diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties, I must stress that what works with dyslexic children will work with all students, which helps in the inclusive system imposed upon modern teachers. Additionally, I spent more than thirty years as a classroom teacher and as such experienced the introduction of the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy and various approaches to […]

What Happens to Reading When Children Start School?

Alison David

June 28th 2013 by Alison David

Following our 12 families we have found that reading is seen by parents as a life skill to learn above all else – so that when children start school, parents focus is very much on the child acquiring that skill and much much less on sharing the joy of a good story. To provide a […]