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Parents, Teachers

Reading beyond the classroom!

When teaching children to read, we build upon their early knowledge of language acquired through their interactions and experiences. If children do not grow up in language rich environments, they can often find it difficult to keep up with their peers who do, especially when it comes to learning to read.
Within schools we can provide children with many opportunities to develop their enthusiasm for reading, however, it is just as important to ensure that children’s home environments also support their literacy development…

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Parents, School Leaders, Teachers

A Dyslexia Friendly Environment!

As the old saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’ so think about how much you know about dyslexia. If your answer is ‘not much’, then Dyslexia Awareness Week could be a great time to improve your knowledge! The British Dyslexia Association’s website is a great place to start, with articles, webinars and more information to help you become more Dyslexia aware! As a Dyslexia Smart organisation, we have created the following list of top tips with our Training and Education Specialist Donna Stevenson, which you can follow to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your classroom…

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Teachers, Technology

AI – Unlocking potential in the classroom!

For the 148,000 children who leave primary school every year unable to read well the secondary classroom can be a daunting place, especially with many subjects now increasingly content heavy. As Lexplore consultant and teacher of 29 years Mark Fraser describes in his recent article, which was published in The Technology and Innovation Magazine by The Teach Company, many children enter the secondary classroom brimming with ideas and ready to engage but the difficulties they face when it comes to reading and writing often hold them back…

Parents, Teachers

Reading beyond the classroom!

When teaching children to read, we build upon their early knowledge of language acquired through their interactions and experiences. If children do not grow up in language rich environments, they can often find it difficult to keep up with their peers who do, especially when it comes to learning to read.
Within schools we can provide children with many opportunities to develop their enthusiasm for reading, however, it is just as important to ensure that children’s home environments also support their literacy development…

Parents, School Leaders, Teachers

A Dyslexia Friendly Environment!

As the old saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’ so think about how much you know about dyslexia. If your answer is ‘not much’, then Dyslexia Awareness Week could be a great time to improve your knowledge! The British Dyslexia Association’s website is a great place to start, with articles, webinars and more information to help you become more Dyslexia aware! As a Dyslexia Smart organisation, we have created the following list of top tips with our Training and Education Specialist Donna Stevenson, which you can follow to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your classroom…

Teachers, Technology

AI – Unlocking potential in the classroom!

For the 148,000 children who leave primary school every year unable to read well the secondary classroom can be a daunting place, especially with many subjects now increasingly content heavy. As Lexplore consultant and teacher of 29 years Mark Fraser describes in his recent article, which was published in The Technology and Innovation Magazine by The Teach Company, many children enter the secondary classroom brimming with ideas and ready to engage but the difficulties they face when it comes to reading and writing often hold them back…

School Leaders, Teachers

Reading for pleasure – The whole-school approach!

For the prolific reader, it might be difficult to imagine a time before books. However, it certainly isn’t the case that we were all born with an inherent love of literature. In fact, the reading journey is something which is very personal and different for every individual. At this years Building Identities, Building Readers weekend we asked librarians, teachers, SENCOs and literacy experts which tools were required to help create and drive a whole-school reading for pleasure culture…

Parents, Teachers

A Summer full of reading!

The summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity for children to develop their interest and enthusiasm for reading. However, time away from the classroom can also cause children’s reading skills to slide before their return to school.
But how do you keep children on track with their reading amidst all the distractions the holidays may bring?

Teachers

Reading – a 26 mile marathon!

Becoming a strong reader requires time and patience! In order to fully develop their skills children need to read over 26 miles of text. This corresponds to about 5,000 hours of reading time or 834 days in the classroom, which cannot be accomplished in school alone. To become a strong reader children need to engage with reading outside of school and explore a variety of different material…

Teachers

Don’t forget about the teachers!

Mental Health Awareness Week has brought increasing focus on the alarming rise in numbers of students seeking help from various different services, however, what about the teachers?

Teachers, Technology

AI and Tomato Sauce!

A bit like spaghetti and tomato sauce we cannot have artificial intelligence without algorithms! But, even though we might hear these phrases often you are definitely not alone if you find yourself wondering exactly what people mean when they refer to them. So what are algorithms and how on earth can they be trained to determine reading attainment?