Jill Carter: The Literacy Octopus

Everyone talks about literacy across the curriculum, whole school literacy and literacy co-ordinators but, like differentiation, when you actually ask what this means no-one really provides an answer. I think this results, in part, from the confusion over Literacy (with a capital L) and English. In the primary sector anything that resembles English is referred […]

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Stand and Deliver

The traditional whiteboard (or even blackboard) used to take centre stage in the classroom. It has been pushed to one side (where most pupils can’t see), reduced in size or eliminated altogether. The other day I had a conversation with a talented young teacher who declared that she was going to request a traditional whiteboard […]

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The Language of Labels

A recent conversation about Medium Term Plans made me think about the terminology we might say goodbye to now that we have waved the old National Curriculum off. I grew very excited about the thought that certain phrases might just cease to exist. Level – somehow the word level seems associated with elevators, altitude, flat […]

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Ideas for the European Day of Languages to inspire lifelong language learning

There have been a lot of interesting articles about the teaching of languages in the news recently. If you are looking for something new to use on the  European Day of Languages  (26th September), then you might consider  this article  from the Guardian. I’m sure you’ll agree that inspiring lifelong learning is really important. Extracts from this article could be used to […]

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