Improving Pupils’ Access to the Curriculum

Leading Learner Giving pupils access to a full time education is a good thing but to really benefit from the opportunity so much more is required.  Amongst others, one key element is a pupil’s ability to read.  As the curriculum has substantially increased in content and challenge poor reading ability is significantly hampering too many … Continue reading Improving Pupils’ Access to the Curriculum

SUPPORTING STRUGGLING READERS AT SECONDARY SCHOOL

Durrington Research School We have been lucky enough to add a few new books to the Durrington Research School library this term, one of which is James and Dianne Murphy’s Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teachers Needs to Know about Reading. In this book, the authors cite research carried out in the US and published in Effective … Continue reading SUPPORTING STRUGGLING READERS AT SECONDARY SCHOOL

What is in a word? Etymology for Every Teacher

Etymology (noun) The study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. Etymology is often often considered the preserve of the English teacher. I would argue that it is a goldmine of an opportunity (too often missed) for teachers of every subject discipline. The stories that underpin our language can … Continue reading What is in a word? Etymology for Every Teacher

Spelling: Avoiding Ignorance and Negligence

A version of this article was originally published in the excellent 'Teach Secondary' magazine - you can subscribe HERE. It is well worth a read! Controversies and complaints about spelling are centuries old. In his Preface to 'A Dictionary of the English Language', in 1755, Samuel Johnson derided writers for their "ignorance or negligence". Today, … Continue reading Spelling: Avoiding Ignorance and Negligence

Teaching Writing Isn’t Just for English Teachers

(Image credit: Jonathan Kim - If a student can't write, all eyes turn to the English department. Whether it is a brief in an Art lesson or a write up of a science experiment, if the writing isn't up to standard then those deemed responsible for creating perfect prose-producers feel the heat. There is major … Continue reading Teaching Writing Isn’t Just for English Teachers