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Fixating on phonics will not help young readers | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to a landmark study that claims the current emphasis on synthetic phonics is ‘failing children’


21, Jan, 2022 @6:12 PM

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Why are ministers obsessed with teaching children to read using phonics? | Alice Bradbury
Our study shows that there is no solid evidence behind this method, and its ‘nonsense words’ are counterproductive, says professor Alice Bradbury

Alice Bradbury

19, Jan, 2022 @2:09 PM

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Focus on phonics to teach reading is ‘failing children’, says landmark study
Government urged to drop emphasis on synthetic phonics in English schools as not backed up by latest evidence

Sally Weale Education correspondent

19, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Schools rejecting offers of air filters that limit Covid spread, say parents
Some families say purifiers turned down by heads prioritising cleaning and open windows in absence of DfE guidance

Georgina Quach

17, Jan, 2022 @11:26 AM

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Schools in England say government not providing enough air purifiers
Teachers accuse ministers of failing to act after union poll finds third of classrooms monitored have poor ventilation

Liz Lightfoot

14, Jan, 2022 @1:13 PM

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Term starts in Uganda – but world’s longest shutdown has left schools in crisis
Pre-Covid the country battled poor learning outcomes, now experts fear fee rises and school closures will see many more children miss out

Alon Mwesigwa in Kampala

14, Jan, 2022 @9:15 AM

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Schools in England may suspend certain subjects to cope with Covid
Proposals on DfE portal suggest classes such as music could be sacrificed if staff sickness demands

Sally Weale Education correspondent

04, Jan, 2022 @3:54 PM

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Heads warn of weeks of Omicron disruption in English schools
Staff absences mean some pupils face return to remote learning, amid doubts over advice to combine classes

Sally Weale

03, Jan, 2022 @4:38 PM

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Stormzy among Black Britons celebrated in schools competition
Edward Enninful, Kelly Holmes and Mary Seacole also celebrated in pictures, poems and videos

Haroon Siddique

20, Dec, 2021 @2:01 PM

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Tell us: are you a former teacher returning to school during the pandemic?
We would like to hear from former teachers planning to help at schools hit by staff absences during the pandemic

Guardian community team

20, Dec, 2021 @12:24 PM

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Persistent Covid-related absence leaves pupils lagging – Ofsted
England’s school inspectorate finds effect on attendance and mental health higher among disadvantaged

Richard Adams Education editor

16, Dec, 2021 @5:58 PM

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Vaccinate five- to 11-year-olds to protect UK schools, scientists say
Call comes amid concerns that spread of Covid Omicron variant could disrupt education in new year

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

12, Dec, 2021 @5:49 PM

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