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Gordon Askew’s Blog: ssphonix

Postby Anne Glennie » Sun May 24, 2015 12:50 pm

http://ssphonix.blogspot.co.uk/

Until May 2014, Gordon Askew was a Phonics Adviser to DfE. He is a former primary headteacher, consultant, lecturer, inspector and phonics trainer.

He also has a wonderfully detailed blog dedicated to children’s fantasy fiction, called Magic Fiction Since Potter which you can visit by clicking the link: http://magicfictionsincepotter.blogspot.co.uk/
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Re: Gordon Askew’s Blog: ssphonix

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:46 pm

Gordon writes about England's teachers still using 'multi-cueing reading strategies' alongside their provision of systematic synthetic phonics teaching - which is a tragedy because the body of research findings does not support multi-cueing which, in reality, amounts to a lot of word-guessing from various cues:

http://ssphonix.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/ ... ot-to.html

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Why does phonics teaching appear not to be impacting?

Recent 'evidence' that the government's emphasis on phonics does not appear to be impacting on reading standards overall, despite clear improvements in outcomes for the Y1 Phonics Screening Check, is being leapt upon by detractors as a clear vindication of what they have believed all along: that the emphasis on phonics is too narrow and schools should return to a mixed strategy approach to reading.

However such a simplistic misinterpretation seriously distracts from the real issues and will lead us yet further away from the universal achievement of fluent reading which we all want for the country's children.


So when the detractors call for a return to multi strategy teaching of reading they are actually referring to the status quo in many schools - the strategy which in fact leads to the outcomes we are currently getting.

In answer to the initial question: it is not phonics that is failing to impact, but much of current teaching, which claims to value phonics but does not. I do not blame teachers for this. They are committed and conscientious professionals who want the best for their children. Unfortunately however too many of them are being mislead about how best to achieve this.
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Re: Gordon Askew’s Blog: ssphonix

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:26 am

Gordon writes an important post about the damaging role of the Book Bands cataloguing system that continues to mislead teachers about the advisable (or not) reading book diet for beginners:

Too bound by Book Bands


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