Current Literacy issues across practice, policy and research


Literacy Today No. 65, December 2010





Literacy’s un-level playing field

Graham Frater on children’s family background as the biggest influence on their educational attainment.


Reading by six

Christine Gilbert, HMCI on how to teach children to read by six.


Back to Classics

Cathy France reviews Thought and Language by Lev Vygotsky.


Lessons the Army can teach Civvy Street

Martin Rose reports on how the Army is gearing up for Functional Skills Teaching


Lifelong Literacy: In, out and beyond work

Carol Taylor on the NIACE Inquiry into Adult Literacy


National Literacy Trust


Jonathan Douglas discusses the NLT’s priorities under the new government in light of the forthcoming Spending Review


Rising to the Challenge: Conservative Party Conference

The national Literacy Trust events in September and October at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences.



Document Reviews

We review Learning to Improve the Lives and Aspirations of Young People in Scotland from HMIe, Reading by Six: How the best schools do it and The Special Educational Needs and Disability Review from Ofsted.


Document Digest




We report on the latest research and policy news from Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand.


Research digest

Ongoing research, article abstracts and article titles of research from education and science journals.




We report on debates in the House of Lords on funding of public libraries and on lifelong learning. The Northern Ireland Assembly debated speech and language therapy. There were written questions on literacy from the House of Commons, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly.


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