Ban the bombast and stop these reading wars now

Start planning now to ensure all your boxes have been ticked – and to avert any potential disaster

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Every teacher is a teacher of reading. In every domain, from algebra to art, home economics to history, every student is busy reading. And yet, how many teachers can profess to be experts on how children learn to read and go on to read to learn? When was the last time teachers were given time to explore the complexities of reading so that we could teach more effectively?

Like many aspects of learning, the challenge of reading for our pupils is too often taken for granted. Teachers receive quick-fire training before they are launched into the deep end of the classroom. Instead of having time to ...

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