Category: Communication, Literacy & Oracy

Music education is far too valuable to be allowed to disappear

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”

School libraries change children’s lives and need generous funding

Despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of good library access — more reading for enjoyment, better attitudes to learning, higher attainment — school library provision is extremely uneven across the country, with schools in areas of highest deprivation having the worst provision. Most shocking… Continue Reading “School libraries change children’s lives and need generous funding”

Focusing on communication skills is a matter of social justice

Too many children struggle to communicate well. The reality for lots of children in their early years is speech delay, limited vocabulary and reading poverty. The results are depressingly predictable: poor progress in school and in their wider learning, and blighted life prospects. Teaching… Continue Reading “Focusing on communication skills is a matter of social justice”

Award-winning school scheme shows life-based learning in practice

A year ago the Guardian newspaper reported on a primary school in Essex that won a national dementia award for an “innovative intergenerational project”. The project is indeed an outstanding example of innovative learning. The project involves older adults who are experiencing isolation, depression… Continue Reading “Award-winning school scheme shows life-based learning in practice”

Let’s not squander young children’s natural love of reading

Children’s love of reading needs to be fostered and cherished. Many of us doubtless have fond memories of hiding a torch under the bed covers at night — blankets rather than duvets, for those of a certain age. Off went the bedroom light as… Continue Reading “Let’s not squander young children’s natural love of reading”