Current Literacy issues across practice, policy and research


Literacy Today No. 42, March 2005



While educational standards are improving, figures show that girls are making more progress than boys.



Purpose and pleasure

Ofsted Chief Inspector David Bell argues that while the National Literacy Strategy has done a great deal to improve literacy standards, there are still issues to be addressed, particularly around pupils’ enjoyment of reading.



When reading is no pleasure

Reading Recovery’s intensive support for struggling readers can seem expensive compared with other methods. But it is worth the investment, argues Julia Douëtil, Reading Recovery national coordinator at the Institute of Education, University of London.


‘Ron is pants at divination’

Current statistics show that, among English pupils, girls are reading more than boys. But one Year 6 class at Pinehurst Junior School, Swindon, has bucked this national trend. Independent writer and consultant Pie Corbett visited to discover how.


Spelling language

Teaching phonics can give pupils structured knowledge of how language works and so improve their spelling, according to Jaz Ampaw-Farr, teacher and independent literacy adviser with Jolly Conferencing.


A game of two halves

The FA Premier League is a key partner in the National Literacy Trust’s Reading The Game initiative. Chief executive Richard Scudamore explains why, as a business, it is important for the organisation to be involved in education programmes.


Parental Involvement Supplement

Understanding family literacy

Family literacy is one way for parents to be involved in their children’s educational development, and improve their own skills. Viv Bird, social inclusion director at the National Literacy Trust, outlines policy developments and new opportunities.


Champion dads

Reading Champions project manager Stephen Torsi explains how the scheme celebrates the role of fathers as reading role models.


Parents into schools

Liz Chamberlain, deputy director of RIF UK, provides tried-and-tested tips to help schools involve parents in school reading activities.


Father involvement and children’s literacy outcomes

Many recent policy initiatives highlight the important role of fathers. But what does the research evidence say? Christina Clark, senior policy and research analyst at the National Literacy Trust, provides an overview of current published findings.



Believe in what you write

A recent research project to improve boys’ writing helped develop effective teaching approaches for all learners. Eve Bearne of the University of Cambridge summarise findings on behalf of the UKLA research team.


International comparisons of early literacy

Christine Merrell and Peter Tymms, of the University of Durham, report on their international research on the use and benefits of baseline assessment for the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools project.


Classroom assistants aid reading development

Robert Savage of McGill University, Canada, reports on his research in the UK, which found two ways for classroom assistants to aid early reading development and intervention.


Stamping, clapping and chanting improve reading?

Marion Long and Susan Hallam, of the Institute of Education at the University of London, discuss their research findings on how rhythmic exercises can improve children’s reading comprehension.


Research digest

Review of foundation stage initiatives; Reflective practice in essential skills; Literacy  development in deaf children; The Childphone project; Abstracts; Titles



Reading for Purpose and Pleasure: an evaluation of the teaching of reading in primary schools; Introducing the Grammar of Talk; The Effective Provision of Preschool Education (EPPE) Project: final report; Learning for Tomorrow’s world: first results from PISA 2003; Report to Parliament on Public Library Matters: A survey of library  services to schools and children in the UK 2003-4; Family Learning: an agenda for action; Family Learning: building all our futures; and Popular Culture, New Media and Digital Literacy in Early Childhood




National Literacy Trust News

Changes to Literacy Today; NLT rebrands for 2005; Submission to Education and Skills Select Committee inquiry; NLT conferences; Schools sign up to Reading Connects.


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