Category: Communication, Literacy & Oracy

A gateway for children to a world of awe and wonder

A gateway to a world of awe and wonder

Igniting children’s creative spark and promoting literacy

Igniting children’s creative spark

Ofsted subject review confirms the importance of music education

A newly published Ofsted research review into music education contains some stirring phrases about the value and importance of music, not least in its opening sentence: “Music touches the very heart of our humanity and a sense of the wonder of music has touched… Continue Reading “Ofsted subject review confirms the importance of music education”

A Summer of Reading alongside a Summer of Play will enhance children’s wellbeing

My earliest reading memory is The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, read to us by our teacher Mrs Holmes in what would now be called year 4. It sparked an abiding interest in tales of witches, wizards and sorcery and in the eternal… Continue Reading “A Summer of Reading alongside a Summer of Play will enhance children’s wellbeing”

Music education is far too valuable to be allowed to disappear

There is nothing quite like music. The ancient philosopher Confucius supposedly said that ‘music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without’, Jane Austen that ‘without music, life would be a blank to me’. Music is somehow able to express beauty… Continue Reading “Music education is far too valuable to be allowed to disappear”

Footballer and social justice champion Marcus Rashford tackles book poverty

The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was awarded an MBE in 2020 in recognition of his services to vulnerable children during the pandemic, having twice forced the government to make spectacular U-turns in its free school meals policy. His stark warning in October that… Continue Reading “Footballer and social justice champion Marcus Rashford tackles book poverty”

Call for £13.5bn education recovery plan indicates the challenges ahead

We already know that the Covid pandemic has damaged children’s educational progress and their wider physical and mental wellbeing. Research published today by the Education Policy Institute gives an idea of the cost of repairing some of that damage: it is calling for £13.5… Continue Reading “Call for £13.5bn education recovery plan indicates the challenges ahead”

Why we must do more to promote reading for pleasure

Hurray! At last, some good news about the impact of lockdown on children! Apparently, they have not only been reading more during lockdown but also tackling more challenging texts as well. Alas, the positive headlines masked what is actually a rather less encouraging situation.… Continue Reading “Why we must do more to promote reading for pleasure”

More evidence of why schools need to focus on oracy skills

The BBC this week highlighted two reports which add to the mounting evidence of the damage that prolonged periods of lockdown have done to children and young people’s development, often exacerbating existing concerns, problems and inequalities. These particular reports are concerned with children’s speech… Continue Reading “More evidence of why schools need to focus on oracy skills”

Oracy needs the same focus and attention as literacy and numeracy

Although we hear the word ‘literacy’ a great deal in education, we hear rather less about ‘oracy’. Oracy is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as ‘the ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech’ — in other words, oral communication skills. Spoken communication is… Continue Reading “Oracy needs the same focus and attention as literacy and numeracy”