Is reading a virus?

Is reading a virus?

Dr Jessie Ricketts (@ricketts_lara) In 1998, Uta Frith argued that reading, a cultural invention, is a ‘virus’ that ‘infects speech processing’. So how does learning to read impact on oral vocabulary learning? Infants begin by learning spoken labels (phonological...

Engaging with research

In a ‘research-engaged school’, colleagues will engage both in and with research. When engaging in research, colleagues will research and investigate their own practice, possibly through Lesson Study or enquiry, and occasionally with the support of an...

Meaningful joint planning

What is meaningful joint planning? Meaningful joint planning is not sharing ideas without evaluating, refining or reflecting; splitting the workload when designing schemes of work; exclusively a more experienced practitioner sharing ideas with a beginning teacher...

High quality coaching

There is a large amount of research and debate around mentoring and coaching and what their differences are. What educational research shows is that both are invaluable both for developing one’s own practice, as well as developing in one’s career. So which...

Staff formatively evaluate their own practice

‘Staff formatively evaluate their own practice’ Why is it important to evaluate? Evaluation is not just about working out what’s worthwhile, evaluation is a key part of professional learning itself. When colleagues evaluate what works, what worked...