Double negativity lesson

11th May 2001 at 01:00
I attended the key stage 3 English training for consultants last week. It was wide-ranging in its scope, covering teaching and learning; planning; writing non-fiction; writing narrative (an inspiring module written by poet and teacher, Pie Corbett); speaking and listening with some interesting new ideas to develop current practice; and targeted support.

The training also included the spelling module and the supporting material provided by the spelling bank, referred to in your April 27 report. This resource represents just one aspect of teaching spelling (rules and conventions).Nowhere do these materials advocate a reductive use of spelling lists or traditional spelling tests which you imply in your report.

Your reporting of the National Literacy Strategy has been largely negative. Judging by your report on April 27, it looks as though we can expect double negativity with KS3 English and literacy.

Your readers, and the students they teach, deserve balanced reporting of this major initiative which is based on a wide body of research and which builds on and develops current good practice.

Jenny Lloyd

52 Belmont Road


Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today