Free Read Write Inc. Events for Special Schools

Free Read Write Inc. Events for Special Schools

In February 2017, we're holding two free events for Special Schools that focus on teaching literacy to pupils with MLD, SLD, PMLD and ASD. One event will cater for schools already using Read Write Inc., and the other will be open to schools who would like to find out more.

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Ruth's Blog: Teaching Handwriting in Reception

Ruth's Blog: Teaching Handwriting in Reception

8 dos and 5 don'ts about teaching handwriting in Reception.

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Ruth's Blog: Some joined up thinking about dyslexic children and joined up writing

Ruth's Blog: Some joined up thinking about dyslexic children and joined up writing

Reception teachers show huge relief when I point out that Ofsted doesn’t require them to teach cursive writing. But then they say ‘Isn’t it good for dyslexic children?’

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Ruth's Blog: Teaching Comprehension Strategies Alert

Ruth's Blog: Teaching Comprehension Strategies Alert

Alert: Teaching ‘Comprehension strategies’ makes little impact on children’s comprehension.

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Training Update: Action Leadership Training is evolving

Training Update: Action Leadership Training is evolving

We are delighted to announce that in 2017, our Action Leadership Training is evolving into Reading Leader Training.

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Ruth's Blog: Handwriting Alert

Ruth's Blog: Handwriting Alert

ALERT! Entry strokes are hindering children’s handwriting progress. Don’t add 'whooshes’ to our handwriting phrases.

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Ruth's Blog: The Right Brain for Reading

Ruth's Blog: The Right Brain for Reading

Read why Jack’s got a reading brain and Daisy hasn’t.

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Read Write Inc. Model Schools achieve 91% average in the 2016 phonics screening check

Read Write Inc. Model Schools achieve 91% average in the 2016 phonics screening check

Our Read Write Inc. Model Schools recently achieved an average of 91% in the 2016 phonics screening check. Read our case study to find out more about our Model Schools and all that they do to achieve excellence in literacy.

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Newham Local Authority ranked third in country for PSC Success

Newham Local Authority ranked third in country for PSC Success

87% of children in Year 1 passed the Phonics Screening Check in Newham Primary Schools this year compared to the national average of 81%. These results place Newham 3rd nationally. In 2012, when the Phonics Screening Check was introduced, Newham was 27th.

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Ruth's Blog: Whoopsy Daisy

Ruth's Blog: Whoopsy Daisy

Me: How’s Daisy doing? Mark: Not very well, actually. She’s in the bottom group. We’ve just had her end of Year 2 report - it says she’s great at maths but not at reading. The teacher thinks she’s probably dyslexic.

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Ruth's Blog: Why book bands block children's reading progress

Ruth's Blog: Why book bands block children's reading progress

At every talk I give, I ask teachers, “What are the criteria for slicing books into Book Bands?” Over the last 15 years, not one teacher has been able to tell me.

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Guest Blog: Should we teach phonemic awareness?

Guest Blog: Should we teach phonemic awareness?

Is it worth teaching phonemic awareness? Jennifer Chew thinks not. She explains why teaching children to read words by saying sounds for letters helps them to understand how spoken words are made up of phonemes.

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Ruth's Blog: Cursive Handwriting in Reception - or not?

Ruth's Blog: Cursive Handwriting in Reception - or not?

Ruth makes the case against teaching cursive handwriting to Reception aged children.

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Parents now 'bribe children' to get them to read - new study suggests

Parents now 'bribe children' to get them to read - new study suggests

A study of 251 primary teachers and 501 parents of three-to-eight year olds, by children’s book publisher Rising Stars, has found that parents often bribe children to make them read at bedtime.

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Boys growing up with books earn more as adults – new study finds

Boys growing up with books earn more as adults – new study finds

A study of 6,000 men born in nine European countries concluded that children with access to books could expect to earn materially more than those who grew up with few or no books.

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Government drops plan to convert all English state schools into academies

Government drops plan to convert all English state schools into academies

The controversial plan has been re-drafted amid pressure from Tory-led local authorities and head teachers.

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Ruth's Blog: SOS children

Ruth's Blog: SOS children

You’re nearly five. You’ve been in the Reception class for four weeks. It’s Phonics time.

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Pupil interest in reading drops in secondary school

Pupil interest in reading drops in secondary school

Only 40% of 14 – 16-year-olds say they enjoy reading, compared to more than 70% of 8 – 11-year-olds, according to a new National Literacy Trust report.

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Penguin Classics offer schools 100-book sets at £1 per title

Penguin Classics offer schools 100-book sets at £1 per title

Publisher responds to challenge from schools minister to provide schoolchildren with affordable, great books.

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An announcement from Ruth

An announcement from Ruth

I’m really excited to tell you about our brand new 2016 edition of Read Write Inc. Phonics, which will be available to schools in September. It’s a delight to bring together the knowledge and experience we’ve gained from working in 4,000 schools over 10 years.

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The government has had to cancel its controversial new spelling and grammar test after it was accidentally put online by officials

The government has had to cancel its controversial new spelling and grammar test after it was accidentally put online by officials

Half a million seven-year-olds in England were going to take the test next month, as part of SATs.

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Ruth's Blog: Stop with silence

Ruth's Blog: Stop with silence

Partner talk is impossible if you can’t get children to stop quickly. It’s the first thing that you have to get right. Using the silent stop signal - across the whole school - is the first step in promoting a culture where children can think out loud, clarify their ideas, reason and argue.

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Read Write Inc. successfully reverses dip in Wolverhampton school’s reading results

Read Write Inc. successfully reverses dip in Wolverhampton school’s reading results

"We chose Read Write Inc. because our Key Stage 1 reading results were starting to dip and we liked the rigorous approach it offered. The quality of training has been first class - the trainers have extensive knowledge and incredible enthusiasm."

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Bridgend school rises from fourth to first quartile in national literacy results using Read Write Inc.

Bridgend school rises from fourth to first quartile in national literacy results using Read Write Inc.

Abercerdin Primary School is in the top 11% of most deprived areas in the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation. They received Read Write Inc. Phonics training in 2012.

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“Our children now use rich vocabulary in their writing,” say Woodley school

“Our children now use rich vocabulary in their writing,” say Woodley school

"We chose Read Write Inc. because our children were not making sufficient progress in phonics or writing. Training has been superb, clear, and delivered with passion."

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Tower Hamlets Read Write Inc. Model School deemed ‘outstanding’

Tower Hamlets Read Write Inc. Model School deemed ‘outstanding’

"Children love Read Write Inc. Phonics! They enjoy the fast pace and the fact that they are able to succeed and achieve in every lesson. I love how Read Write Inc. sets children up to be challenged, but also to succeed."

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Kent school with high levels of mobility experiences dramatic improvement in pupil progress

Kent school with high levels of mobility experiences dramatic improvement in pupil progress

"We wanted a programme with all resources included and after visiting a Read Write Inc. model school we were sold. Within 4 months, reading and writing had improved massively and the whole school culture and ethos had shifted. It is still as successful five years down the line."

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St Helens school achieves 14% above LA average in 2015 phonics screening check

St Helens school achieves 14% above LA average in 2015 phonics screening check

“Amber’s reading came on overnight. She was enjoying her reading, but it was as if by magic - she could suddenly read and have the confidence to read almost anything.”

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Doncaster primary school leaps 36% in phonics screening check

Doncaster primary school leaps 36% in phonics screening check

"We wanted a programme that would help children recognise how phonics links with reading and writing, not just a stand-alone 20-minute session each day. At the end of the second day of training our brains ached but we were smiling."

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Grantham nursery teacher brings stories to life after Read Write Inc. Phonics training

Grantham nursery teacher brings stories to life after Read Write Inc. Phonics training

Following Read Write Inc. Phonics for Nursery training, staff say that children at The West Grantham Academy St John's have never been so enthusiastic about writing.

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With academisation drawing closer, the government publishes ‘10 facts you need to know about academies.’

With academisation drawing closer, the government publishes ‘10 facts you need to know about academies.’

The information is intended to dispel common myths and misconceptions about academies.

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Ardler Primary becomes first Scottish Read Write Inc. Model School

Ardler Primary becomes first Scottish Read Write Inc. Model School

Read Write Inc. Phonics was adopted by Dundee City Council to improve early phonics and reading. Ardler Primary School have gone from strength to strength with the programme and have now become our first Scottish Model School.

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Secondary pupils make accelerated progress in reading with Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

Secondary pupils make accelerated progress in reading with Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

The Oxford Academy began teaching the Read Write Inc. Fresh Start programme in September 2014 after staff attended training. Since then the pupil progress has been dramatic.

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Ruth's Blog: Let readers fly

Ruth's Blog: Let readers fly

Children’s intellectual progress depends very substantially on their ability to read. The sooner they read, the sooner they will have access to the words and ideas that will ultimately make them better writers. Success at school is predicated on the speed with which children get out of the reading gate - not by the speed they learn to write.

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Regional Training in your area...

Regional Training in your area...

Download our most recent list of Regional Training dates by region.

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Pre-schoolers “set back decades” if their brains are not adequately stimulated before starting formal schooling, new study says

Pre-schoolers “set back decades” if their brains are not adequately stimulated before starting formal schooling, new study says

A new Save the Children study says that every nursery in England should have a qualified early years teacher to help toddlers develop skills like speech and language.

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Suffolk schools entitled to £600,000 EEF funding – find out how to apply

Suffolk schools entitled to £600,000 EEF funding – find out how to apply

Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar programme has partnered with the Education Endowment Foundation to improve attainment in Suffolk schools.

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Government to stop grading quality of teaching

Government to stop grading quality of teaching

Ofsted will stop grading the ‘quality of teaching’ in schools in order to prevent teachers thinking they must use certain teaching styles to impress inspectors.

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Ruth's Blog: Hands up any teacher who wants to exclude four-fifths of the class?

Ruth's Blog: Hands up any teacher who wants to exclude four-fifths of the class?

Many schools have banned hands-up but most continue with the tried (and unproven) method, against all the evidence that it harms concentration, disappoints and demoralises.

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Yorkshire primary schools chosen to host DfE Phonics Roadshow events to spread word of phonics success

Yorkshire primary schools chosen to host DfE Phonics Roadshow events to spread word of phonics success

Jerry Clay Academy, in Wakefield and Kirby Avenue Primary School, in Doncaster were among 10 schools across England chosen to host DfE funded ‘Phonics Roadshow’ events. The events aimed to share best practice in the teaching of phonics and early reading with neighbouring schools.

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Strong leadership is vital to school performance

Strong leadership is vital to school performance

Palmerston Primary School in Barry attended Action Leadership training last term and are already seeing a positive impact on teaching and pupil progress.

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‘Compelling evidence’ reveals the effectiveness of teaching assistants

‘Compelling evidence’ reveals the effectiveness of teaching assistants

Schools spend £4bn a year, or 10% of the annual education budget on 24,000 teaching assistants. Previous studies brought their effectiveness on learning into question, but new evidence suggests they are indeed worth every penny.

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Ruth's Blog: Please don't pay children to read

Ruth's Blog: Please don't pay children to read

Children should read because they love reading, not because they are getting paid or rewarded by their teachers. A book can make them feel happy, sad, excited, touched or even angry at times. No sticker or points towards a cinema ticket can provoke such an emotional reaction.

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Doncaster school’s PSC score increases by 47% after one year of Read Write Inc. Phonics

Doncaster school’s PSC score increases by 47% after one year of Read Write Inc. Phonics

Kirkby Avenue Primary School in Doncaster, rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, saw a leap of 47% in their PSC score after just one year of using Read Write Inc. Phonics.

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Wakefield School scores 21% above LA average in phonics screening check

Wakefield School scores 21% above LA average in phonics screening check

Jerry Clay Academy in Wakefield, South Yorkshire, achieved 21% above the Wakefield LA average in the 2015 phonics screening check - in this case study they say they have Read Write Inc. Phonics to thank.

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EEF funds a Read Write Inc. effectiveness study

EEF funds a Read Write Inc. effectiveness study

The Education Endowment Foundation are funding an effectiveness study using our Phonics and Fresh Start programmes.

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26,000 children at risk of leaving Welsh primary schools unable to read well over the next five years, a campaign group claims

26,000 children at risk of leaving Welsh primary schools unable to read well over the next five years, a campaign group claims

The Read On. Get On. coalition said action must be taken to ensure that children are allowed to fulfil their potential.

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Group work offers benefits of one-to-one tuition, at a quarter of the price

Group work offers benefits of one-to-one tuition, at a quarter of the price

Research conducted by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) suggests that the size of tuition groups is less important than whether tutors are qualified teachers or well trained volunteers.

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5-year-olds with poor language skills significantly more likely to struggle with English and Maths at 11, new study suggests

5-year-olds with poor language skills significantly more likely to struggle with English and Maths at 11, new study suggests

Out of 5,000 children studied, 21% who struggled with language at the beginning of school failed to meet the expected standards in national tests when they left. Results were consistent, regardless of family background.

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Government colour-coded system highlights improved performance in Welsh Primary Schools

Government colour-coded system highlights improved performance in Welsh Primary Schools

More schools have been rated as performing well compared to the previous year using a colour-coded rating system.

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Leading the way in Qatar, Read Write Inc.s' first international badge school

Leading the way in Qatar, Read Write Inc.s' first international badge school

The Phoenix Private School in Doha, Qatar, have just become our first ever international badge school. They note that using Read Write Inc. has led them to observe a 'remarkable improvement in reading skills'.

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Banbury School’s ‘Jedi teachers’ feel the  Read Write Inc. buzz

Banbury School’s ‘Jedi teachers’ feel the Read Write Inc. buzz

Hanwell Fields Community School in Banbury, Oxfordshire, received Read Write Inc. training after their Academy sponsor recommended it. The impact it has had led one of their parents to describe their staff as 'Jedi teachers'!

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Inequality in school attainment is higher than 3 decades ago, new research suggests

Inequality in school attainment is higher than 3 decades ago, new research suggests

Research by Social Market Foundation (SMF) reveals that regional disparities in education exist and are stronger than ever. Geographical area is becoming a more predictive factor of performance in school.

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