I've waited over 40 years for this

16th December 2005 at 00:00
On February 24, 1961, the TES published an article by me outlining a largely phonetic scheme which dramatically raised literacy in Birmingham secondary schools. A similar scheme in inner-city primaries achieved similar results.

A small group of heads have lobbied the Government since the the 1980s about the damage the prescribed approach to teaching reading was inflicting on children - but to no avail!

Are we too old in our 70s to advise on tried and tested methods? We would be much cheaper than the current so-called experts!

Peter Wildblood

Ex-head teacher LEA adviser Flat 29, Ashby Court Ashby Road Hinckley, Leicestershire

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