A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UON

October 21, 2015
by Jean

Assessing Without Levels

You may have noticed that in mid September the ‘Commission on Assessment Without Levels: final report’ was published. It can be accessed here. At this same link you can access two videos where John McIntosh CBE, Chair of the Commission … Continue reading

November 27, 2014
by Jean

ECYP book group – first meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Education, Children and Young People Book Group took place on the evening of 24th November. The chosen book was ‘Goodbye Sarajevo,’ an autobiographical account of two sisters’ experiences growing up in the Bosnian War of … Continue reading

February 11, 2014
by Jean

Their one-to-one support can result in significant student progress

The results of two randomised controlled trials  published by England’s Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on the 7th February 2014 noted that ‘teaching assistants can improve literacy and numeracy when they are deployed well’. Deploying TAs well included using them to … Continue reading

January 13, 2014
by Jean
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World Book Night 2014

You might have heard about World Book Night – this takes place each year on the evening of the 23rd April. The Reading Agency run this event, which is focused around getting adults involved with reading. The aims of World … Continue reading

May 20, 2013
by Jean

Children’s onscreen reading overtakes reading in print

The National Literacy Trust has just shared some research that examines the influence of technology on children’s reading abilities and their enjoyment of reading. It found those who read daily only on-screen are nearly twice less likely to be above … Continue reading