Blog Posts - Reading and Spelling Channel
The Telegraph reports on the concerns of Dame Stella Rimington, former Head of MI5 that children are so taken up with social networking that the simple pleasure of reading a book would never show up on their radar. She commented: "I think much of the Twittering and emailing and texting and all that sort of stuff that children go in for now may be taking their eyes off reading fiction. When I was young we read more than the average child reads now.” Full story
The Guardian reports on the Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham's plans to make the UK school curriculum more relevant for those young people not going to university. There are plans to include more vocational subjects with the aim of providing a 'route to work' for these students.
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The Daily Mail reports on new guidelines by the Department of Education which will allow teachers to 'use reasonable force' in order to deal with violent pupils and to remove unruly pupils from the classroom. As the levels of violence in schools have dramatically increased within the past year, the government has been forced to review its 'no touching' policy which prohibits teachers from touching pupils for any reason. These guidelines are part of an official government report which exposes the real extent of school violence which includes stabbing and sexual assault. Full story
The Independent reports on the latest research findings from the Education Endowment Fund which show that 60% of the poorest 11 year olds lack basic literacy skills. This represents a decrease in literacy compared with the findings from 2008. Education Minister, Michael Gove, commented:"It is a scandal that the results of the poorest children in the weakest primary schools have actually worsened over the last three years." Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Education Endowment Fund, stated: "The research is a stark reminder of the inequalities facing poor pupils in this country." Full story
The Independent reports on new government educational targets which aim to ensure that 50% of all children gain 5 GCSE  grades  at A* to C by 2015.. The main concern is that such ranking fails to consider the needs of those children at both ends of the learning spectrum: the gifted and those with special needs. Full story
The Telegraph report on the UK government's plans to implement education checks on two year olds in England. With recent figures showing that almost half of children starting school lack basic social and language skills, it is hoped that such testing will identify early develomental problems, special needs, as well as socialization and communictation difficulties. Full story
The London Evening Standard reports on the unacceptable situation of a 10 year old boy who has never received adequate specialist help for his dyslexia during his five years at primary school. His mother is battling for her local council to pay for him to attend a specialist school rather than have him waste any more time at his present school. Full story
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The BBC reports on the latest inquiry into examination paper errors which were found across four UK examination boards. Sandra Burslem, Deputy Chair of Ofqual stated that such a situation was unacceptable and added, "The regulators will not hesitate to take regulatory action as necessary at any stage to protect the interests of students." Dr. Jim Sinclair, Director of the Joint Council for Qualifications, gave his support to this inquiry, stating, "This inquiry builds on the rigorous investigations awarding bodies are carrying out within their own organisations". Full story
The Telegraph reports on the latest immigration debate and the suggestion that British workers could undertake work which is typically given to low-skilled immigrants. However, the lack of decent literacy skills among British school-leavers, in addition to a poor work ethic, has been recognised as a major stumbling block in getting young people into work. Full story