Supporting Literacy - a Tes guide 2019

Supporting Literacy – a Tes guide

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Everything you need to know, including:

1. Reading Wars - Competing theories abound about the best ways to teach children to read, but can psychological science finally bring about an educational entente where conflict and misunderstanding have reigned? Reading researchers Kate Nation, Kathleen Rastle and Anne Castles present the evidence for a more balanced approach to one of the most divisive debates in schooling.

2. Spelling - The way we teach spelling in schools is not matching, for the most part, what the research says should be happening. The emphasis should be on breaking words down and focusing on meaning, rather than memorisation – and, crucially, we should try to make spelling fun, says Zofia Niemtus.

3. Which reading model is best? - Primary deputy head DM Crosby assesses whole-class, guided and independent reading models.

4. Reading motivation - Every teacher would love a class full of bookworms, but getting children motivated to read is easier said than done. Christina Quaine hears from developmental psychologist Sarah McGeown, who says that despite many national initiatives to get pupils reading, no one has yet proven which methods work best.

5. The neglected art of comprehension - The reading wars have thus far all been about how we get children to read words, with the battle over phonics taking centre stage in schools and in academic research. But Jessie Ricketts and Megan Dixon argue that this has come at the cost of comprehension. Stuck in the shadows, this essential part of the reading process has been neglected and pupils are suffering as a result. So, what do we do about it?

6. The secret reading revelations of eye tracking software - University of Reading professor Holly Joseph tells Simon Creasey how her research into the way the eyes move when they encounter text could assist teachers in diagnosing and supporting children with a variety of reading problems.

7. The most common special educational need you have never heard of - There is a special educational need more prevalent than autism – one that is likely to impact on children in every school. But very few teachers have heard of it and even fewer know how to help. Adi Bloom investigates developmental language disorder: the most common special educational need you have never heard of.

8. How to help pupils love reading -  Open University professor and trustee of the UK Literacy Association Teresa Cremin tells Kate Townshend that if teachers really want their pupils to be keen readers and writers, they need to show them that they are keen readers and writers themselves.