90,000 more pupils leaving primary school with the reading skills needed to succeed in secondary school

90,000 more pupils leaving primary school with the reading skills needed to succeed in secondary school

2015 performance tables show schools below minimum standard have fallen by nearly 100 since last year, from 768 to 676.

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Ofsted publishes annual report on state schools in England

Ofsted publishes annual report on state schools in England

Ofsted have published their annual state school report, highlighting a clear divide between primary and secondary, and north and south.

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Small Bedfordshire school achieves 100%  in phonics screening check

Small Bedfordshire school achieves 100% in phonics screening check

St George’s Lower School is located in an area of Leighton Buzzard where over a third of children come from deprived households: 46% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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Pupils in the North East to receive £10m in funding to boost literacy

Pupils in the North East to receive £10m in funding to boost literacy

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) and Northern Rock Foundation are launching a scheme, aimed at boosting literacy for 10,000 pupils across 880 primary schools in the north-east.

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Outstanding Barnsley school sees an upward trend in results since implementing Read Write Inc. Phonics

Outstanding Barnsley school sees an upward trend in results since implementing Read Write Inc. Phonics

Mapplewell Primary School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, were first trained in Read Write Inc. Phonics in 2011. They have witnessed a positive impact on their pupils' reading skills and have seen an impressive upward trend in their KS1 literacy results.

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Pupils at Pontypool school see 31-month reading age increase in just one year

Pupils at Pontypool school see 31-month reading age increase in just one year

Abersychan Comprehensive School in Pontypool, adopted the Read Write Inc. Fresh Start programme to bring their struggling Key Stage 3 readers up to speed. They were trained in July 2014 and started teaching the programme in September of that year. The results have been staggering.

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Half of teachers believe they are not knowledgeable enough to improve pupils’ literacy, new survey reports

Half of teachers believe they are not knowledgeable enough to improve pupils’ literacy, new survey reports

Earlier this year, 2,326 education professionals completed a survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust. The results indicate that teachers require more support in order to teach the new national curriculum to the expected standard.

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North-south divide exists amongst deprived preschoolers, new report says

North-south divide exists amongst deprived preschoolers, new report says

Less than half of children from the poorest families in the north of England reach a good standard of development by 5, lagging far behind comparable children in the south.

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38,600 more 5 year-olds starting school ready to learn

38,600 more 5 year-olds starting school ready to learn

New DfE figures reveal that more children than ever are reaching the expected levels of development in literacy and maths at 5 - meaning they are ready to succeed at school and beyond.

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Case Study: Riverside School

Case Study: Riverside School

Riverside School in Bromley, Kent, provides for pupils aged 4-19 with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

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120,000 more children on track to become excellent readers

120,000 more children on track to become excellent readers

New government figures show that 3 years on from the introduction of the phonics reading check, 120,000 more children are now on track to become excellent readers.

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Regional Training in your area...

Regional Training in your area...

Download a PDF flyer with all of our currently planned trainings, organised by region.

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Is the Pupil Premium gap closing? New Sutton Trust Report investigates

Is the Pupil Premium gap closing? New Sutton Trust Report investigates

New figures suggest that Pupil Premium is having a positive impact on attainment for disadvantaged pupils in schools.

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DfE research into the impact of the phonics screening check

DfE research into the impact of the phonics screening check

The Department for Education’s research concludes that is now possible to match pupils’ performance in the check with their performance in the end of KS1 reading tests: pupils that do not pass the check at the end of Year 1 are unlikely to meet the expected standard in the KS1 tests. 99% of pupils who passed went on to achieve Level 2 or above.

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Changes to education inspection from September 2015

Changes to education inspection from September 2015

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector confirms the biggest changes to education inspection for more than two decades.

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Hundreds of coasting schools to be transformed - says Nicky Morgan

Hundreds of coasting schools to be transformed - says Nicky Morgan

Hundreds of coasting schools will be targeted for improvement.

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Read Write Inc. Phonics Summer Holiday Training

Read Write Inc. Phonics Summer Holiday Training

Due to high demand, we have scheduled Regional Training for Read Write Inc. Phonics in the summer holidays.

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The Power of Reading - new 'Read on. Get on.' report published

The Power of Reading - new 'Read on. Get on.' report published

Save the Children's reading campaign 'Read on. Get On.' has released a new report. The report seeks to influence the next government to make dramatic changes to children's attainment in reading.

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Learning from London: how to teach all children to read by age 6

Learning from London: how to teach all children to read by age 6

Over the past ten years, TFA alumni, Colleen Somich, has witnessed a seismic shift in UK education policy: systematic phonics are in. As Consultant Trainer across 50 schools, Colleen sees all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, learning to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Here, she looks at the impact of the programme across a London charter network and shares her plans to find Pioneer Schools in New York City.

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Go Green: A half-day headteacher event with Ruth Miskin

Go Green: A half-day headteacher event with Ruth Miskin

When headteachers put reading at the heart of their schools they change everything. High reading outcomes are the only way to achieve the increased demands of the Welsh government's new colour-coded school performance system.

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Competition: Super Storytime

Competition: Super Storytime

Introducing our first parent and child competition: Super Storytime. This competition will run throughout the summer term with a deadline of 5th July 2015.

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Competition Extension: Regional Sound Pronunciation Guide

Competition Extension: Regional Sound Pronunciation Guide

We have extended the deadline of our Regional Sound Pronunciation Guide competition until the end of the summer term.

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Speech and Language development in the Early Years

Speech and Language development in the Early Years

The BBC reports that too many children start school unable to speak in simple sentences.

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Department for Education - Phonic Screening Check administration guidance 2015

Department for Education - Phonic Screening Check administration guidance 2015

The DfE have updated their check administration guidance for 2015. Use this information to understand your statutory requirements for the phonics screening check, plan for the check, administer the check and submit your school’s check results.

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Nick Gibb speaks about the importance of phonics

Nick Gibb speaks about the importance of phonics

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform, recently gave a speech on the importance of phonics at the Reading Reform Foundation Conference.

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Free Ofsted events explain changes to the new inspection framework

Free Ofsted events explain changes to the new inspection framework

Ofsted are providing an opportunity to find out more about the changes to the new inspection framework with free regional events. Spaces allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Regional Training in your area...

Regional Training in your area...

Download a PDF with all of our currently planned training dates for all of our programmes, sorted via region.

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New funding for book clubs announced to inspire more children to read

New funding for book clubs announced to inspire more children to read

A new action plan to help improve reading standards in primary schools, including new funding for book clubs, has been announced by School Reform Minister Nick Gibb to mark World Book Day.

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Ark schools' success with Read Write Inc. referenced in new DfE report

Ark schools' success with Read Write Inc. referenced in new DfE report

A new report from the Department for Education entitled 'Reading: the next steps' has been published. It features a case study on Ark schools and their success in teaching phonics with Read Write Inc.

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Competition: Find more Sylvies!

Competition: Find more Sylvies!

Our sound pronunciation guide, filmed with five year-old Sylvie, has had over 31,000 views. We would like to make regional sound pronunciation guides and invite schools to send in their version of the film.

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Education Endowment Fund affirms the success of Fresh Start

Education Endowment Fund affirms the success of Fresh Start

Independent research by the Education Endowment Fund concludes that Read Write Inc. Fresh Start advances the reading age of secondary school pupils who have fallen behind.

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Colour-coded ratings for Welsh schools revealed

Colour-coded ratings for Welsh schools revealed

Parents of children in Wales can now see how well their child's school is performing using a new colour coding system. The system grades all 1,332 primary schools from green, "highly effective" to red, "in need of greatest improvement". We are pleased that 70% of our Welsh Model Schools are green and 30% yellow, "effective schools".

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London Challenge scheme inspires Scottish schools plan

London Challenge scheme inspires Scottish schools plan

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, unveiled the Scottish Attainment Challenge on a recent visit to schools in Dundee. Congratulations to our schools St Joseph's Primary and Victoria Park Primary for hosting the visit.

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Ofsted confirms radical reforms to education inspection

Ofsted confirms radical reforms to education inspection

Following intensive consultation, Ofsted confirm that it will make significant changes to its inspection of education, ensuring that standards continue to improve.

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Government pledges to reduce teacher workload

Government pledges to reduce teacher workload

Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan announce a series of measures to reduce teacher workload. 44,000 teachers responded to the DfE Workload Challenge survey.

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Case Study: London Borough of Newham

Case Study: London Borough of Newham

Newham is one of London’s most deprived boroughs. In 2006, Newham’s score for achieving Level 2+ at Key Stage 1 was 78% - six percentage points below the national average. In 2007, 18 out of 67 Newham schools adopted Ruth’s synthetic phonics programme.

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Case Study: St Paul's RC Academy

Case Study: St Paul's RC Academy

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is used by all nine of Dundee City’s secondary schools. St Paul’s RC Academy began using the programme in October 2013.

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Case Study: Ark Academy Network

Case Study: Ark Academy Network

Ark is one of the country’s top-performing academy networks. They run 31 schools in London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Hastings, including 14 primaries and five all-through schools. Ark aims to create schools that give every pupil, regardless of their background, the opportunity to go to university or pursue a career of their choice.

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