Posts Tagged ‘literacy’

How to crack creative writing

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Does your child struggle with creative writing? Whether starting secondary school, sitting an 11+ exam, or embarking on GCSEs, many children battle with it. Here are some super strategies from our specialist English and literacy tutors on how to crack creative writing: Read read read One of the problems is that children lack language knowledge. A simple way to widen […]

Literacy and maths in the UK – are we failing our children?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

This month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of a large study measuring the literacy and numeracy skills of 16 to 24-year-olds  across the world. The results for England were shocking – 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries in the study. The study involved testing […]

Is txt speak the future?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Did you know 20 years ago this month the first ever text message was sent. A Vodafone employee sent a message from his computer to a colleague’s mobile phone – then known as a telenote message (and for those interested it said ‘Merry Christmas’). Fast forward twenty years and telenotes have become texts and around […]

How did you learn to read?

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Can you cast your mind back and remember how you learnt to read? How does it compare with how your children have learnt to read? In most UK schools children are taught to read using a phonics system (decoding words by sounds) but the debate about whether this is the best method continues to rumble […]