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16th May 2003 at 01:00
What's the best way to teach children to read and write? Can you imagine what our postbag would be like if we were serious about that question? (We're not.) But the internet is full of views on this and it's worth checking out the Reading Reform Foundation's website. This organisation supports the synthetic phonics approach and claims: "Children with English as a second language, fare as well, or better, than English-speaking peers.

Reading and spelling ages are on average 12 to 18 months ahead of chronological ages at the end of reception." Download newsletters, exchange views and follow links at: www.rrf.org.uk

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