Annual Ofsted report made to Parliament

Annual Ofsted report made to Parliament

The 2013/14 Annual Ofsted report, released on Wednesday 10 December, continues to report regionally. In the summary report Sir Michael Wilshaw says: “I welcome the continued improvement in the standard of education offered in our primary schools, but I note that improvement in secondary schools has stalled over the last year.”

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Disadvantaged primary pupils close the gap

Disadvantaged primary pupils close the gap

The BBC report that more disadvantaged children are entering secondary with age expected levels of attainment, with two-thirds of pupils (67%) on free school meals gained a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths this year - up four percentage points on 2013.

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Read Write Inc. in Wokingham

Read Write Inc. in Wokingham

Save the Children report that Wokingham is one of only five constituencies where reading results have regressed over the past ten years. Our 3 badge schools in this area achieved far above the constituency average of 70% in the phonics screening check.

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Department for Education: what schools must display on their website

Department for Education: what schools must display on their website

The Department for Education now require schools to publish details of their curriculum on their website, including the names of reading schemes.

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Reading England’s Future: Mapping how well the poorest children read  – new report from Save the Children

Reading England’s Future: Mapping how well the poorest children read – new report from Save the Children

The ‘Reading England’s Future’ report maps out performance in reading by constituency. This marks a dramatic change from reporting by Local Authority – Save the Children want to harness energy and ambition at a local level, from MPs, schools, parents and the wider community.

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Teaching Assistants standards review

Teaching Assistants standards review

Development of a new set of professional standards for teaching assistants – express your view.

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Early Years Pupil Premium announced

Early Years Pupil Premium announced

Trials of the Early Years pupil premium will start in seven areas from January 2015 and nationwide from April 2015. Schools, nurseries and childminders will receive an extra £300 to help disadvantaged 3 and 4 year-olds catch up with their peers.

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Nick Gibb: There’s no excuse for kids leaving primary school unable to read

Nick Gibb: There’s no excuse for kids leaving primary school unable to read

Nick Gibb outlines the rationale and success of the phonics screening check in a recent article for The Guardian. He draws attention to Newham, a Local Authority that uses Read Write Inc. Phonics in many of its schools.

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Ofsted report on bad behavior in schools

Ofsted report on bad behavior in schools

September’s Ofsted report ‘Below the radar: low level disruption in the country’s classrooms’ finds that pupils’ life chances are affected by poor behaviour in too many schools.

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Save the Children's national reading campaign

Save the Children's national reading campaign

Save the Children have launched a national reading campaign, Read On. Get On. Backed by a coalition of government, charities and businesses, the campaign aims to get all 11 year-olds to a level 4b+ in reading by 2025.

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Ruth Miskin Training goes to Sierra Leone

Ruth Miskin Training goes to Sierra Leone

Ruth Miskin Trainer for the South East, Siobhan Whalley, spent her Summer break in Sierra Leone training teachers.

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 What affects a child’s sense of well-being?

What affects a child’s sense of well-being?

The Good Childhood Report from York University finds that children in England are less happy and satisfied with their lives than children in most other countries. The Children’s Society report for parents suggests ways to help at home. Read more.

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Read Write Inc. Young Author of Year – competition winners announced

Read Write Inc. Young Author of Year – competition winners announced

Ali Sparkes and Ruth Miskin have found the Read Write Inc. Young Authors of the Year. A winner and a runner up from each category have been announced.

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Ruth Miskin’s newsletter: Teach a child to read, and keep that child reading, and you will change everything.

Ruth Miskin’s newsletter: Teach a child to read, and keep that child reading, and you will change everything.

When I first started teaching, my job as a reception class teacher was to get every child reading. Hearing children read was what I did most of the day. I only considered myself successful if
my children became ‘free readers.’ In spite of my passion and commitment, for the first 17 years of teaching, I failed three children every year…

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Read Write Inc. Young Author of the Year

Read Write Inc. Young Author of the Year

Is your school full of budding authors? Do their stories have exciting plots full of rich language?
We’re looking for the Read Write Inc. Young Author of the Year and would love your school to take part.

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Ruth Miskin's newsletter: Grammar is power

Ruth Miskin's newsletter: Grammar is power

Jenny Roberts, writer of our grammar course and the Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language grammar bank, gets to the root of why grammar is so important.

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Ofsted Early Years Annual Report

Ofsted Early Years Annual Report

The Ofsted Early Years Annual Report was released yesterday. Download the report and read the highlights in our summary.

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Department for Education phonics screening check guide

Department for Education phonics screening check guide

Download the DfE's administrator guide.

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Ruth Miskin's newsletter: Ruth Miskin Training has a home

Ruth Miskin's newsletter: Ruth Miskin Training has a home

We have recently settled into our own workplace in Tower Hamlets, just by Spitalfields.

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Ruth Miskin's Newsletter: Read-a-lot children

Ruth Miskin's Newsletter: Read-a-lot children

Read great stories, poems and non-fiction every day, all through school, and enthuse your children.

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Ruth Miskin's newsletter: Action Leadership

Ruth Miskin's newsletter: Action Leadership

Simple, practical and empowering steps to get all your teachers to be good or outstanding.

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Model School news

Model School news

Find out more about our Model Schools and the success they're having with Read Write Inc.

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Higher standards for all - Department for Education bulletin

Higher standards for all - Department for Education bulletin

The DfE announces a new accountability system to raise literacy and numeracy standards across the board.

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Initial Teacher Education consultation

Initial Teacher Education consultation

Ofsted is consulting on revisions to the framework for inspecting initial teacher education (ITE).

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Ofsted Annual Report – regional reporting

Ofsted Annual Report – regional reporting

For the first time, the Ofsted Annual Report presents the information about schools, further education and skills sectors into eight distinct regions.

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Research findings - the 'Reading Divide'

Research findings - the 'Reading Divide'

A nationwide reading habits study reveals worrying indications that the UK is divided in two.

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Read Write Inc. model school sees rapid success

Read Write Inc. model school sees rapid success

Pupils at Abercerdin Primary School have made rapid progress since Read Write Inc. was implemented less than 18 months ago.

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Grammar training - know the rules, inspire your writers

Grammar training - know the rules, inspire your writers

This training will give you the knowledge to teach the National Curriculum grammar to any age group.

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Literacy and Language shortlisted for an Education Resources Awards (ERA)

Literacy and Language shortlisted for an Education Resources Awards (ERA)

New Read Write Inc. programme shortlisted for ‘Best Primary Resource or Equipment - involving ICT’.

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Reflections on a Read Write Inc. INSET day

Reflections on a Read Write Inc. INSET day

Class teacher evaluates the impact of Read Write Inc. Phonics training.

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World Book Day 2014

World Book Day 2014

World Book Day takes place on 6 March 2014. Find out more.

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Ofsted inspectors will no longer pass judgements on teaching methods

Ofsted inspectors will no longer pass judgements on teaching methods

Sir Michael Wilshaw has stopped inspectors passing judgements on teaching methods - if successful. Read Ofsted’s recently published guidance supporting the inspection of maintained schools and academies.

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