Current Literacy issues across practice, policy and research


Literacy Today No. 66, May 2011





Children in Poverty

Jean Douetil on a report which demonstrates that poverty need not be a barrier to progress for Children in Reading Recovery


Putting fun into phonics

George Low reports on the introduction of synthetic phonics as the official teaching method for England’s six-year-olds from this September and on pilot projects to be run in 300 primary schools this June.



Good communication brings better health care

Jan Novitzky talks to Tony Uden about some innovative approaches to ESOL in the Health Sector


Workplace language training for migrant workers in France

Dr Isabelle Darthy and Christophe Portefin offer a glimpse inside the training room at Astrolabe Training, Villemomble, Paris.


Language learning and labour market inclusion in Germany

Bettina Kleiner reports on Germany’s ambivalent attitude towards migrant workers, and outlines the Workplace German Support Service’s quality framework for work-related German language training.




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


National Literacy Trust


The EYFS review is exhilarating stuff, according to Jonathan Douglas Director, National Literacy Trust.


Literacy and the Big Society

George Dugdale of the National Literacy Trust examines the implications for literacy in the new policy landscape defined by the Big Society, and outlines how the National Literacy Trust will contribute to the Big Society through its School Library and Partners in Literacy schemes.


Enthusiastic young readers are five times more likely to achieve above average results

45 per cent of children who do not read outside of the classroom are below average readers and only 9 per cent are above average. These are the findings of the National Literacy Trust’s 2011/12 Schools Guide to Literacy, which, having surveyed 17,000 pupils, is the largest-ever study of British children’s attitudes to reading and writing.



Document Reviews

We review the Annual Report of HM’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales from Estyn, in which Ann Keane insists that Literacy and numeracy should be the basis for how teachers teach all subjects in the curriculum, not just English, maths and Welsh; and we review Removing Barriers to Literacy from Ofsted, a survey designed to illustrate effective approaches to improve practice in literacy.


Publications Digest



Achieving successful outcomes through Alternative Education Provision

Michael Marshall reports on a new research review which stresses the importance of having a clear picture of effective AEP – not only the what but also the how and why.


Evaluating the Flying Start Programme

An examination of some of the challenges facing the Welsh Assembly Government’s programme and recommendations for how to take it forward.


Research digest

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



Media Watch

Includes reaction to Nick Gibb’s speech to the Politeia Conference on the importance of Latin in the curriculum; new findings from the Reading Agency that show how library and reading-based volunteering can have a huge potential as a means of involving young people in the community; the Department for Education’s National Pupil Projections: Future Trends in Pupil Numbers December 2010 Update which provides national projections for the number of pupils in schools; the Government’s National Curriculum review; and Estyn’s annual report.



Early Years Education and Library Services in the House of Commons; a House of Lords debate on the Funding of Public Libraries; and Northern Ireland debates on Early Year’s Children’s Strategy and Libraries.


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