Literacy and Confidence

Sometimes a student needs to know they’re better than they thought. Here’s 14 year old Kazys’s interview. Interview with Kazys,  A 14 year old boy who gained 10 months in 6 TRT sessions.  What have you got out of That Reading Thing? I’ve gained confidence, I am a better reader than I thought I was. I have gained spelling & reading skills. How did you feel about reading before you started? I could read, but I thought I was behind … Read More

Literacy and Behaviour

Sometimes, working with young people living chaotic lives, you only get a very short time to make a difference. Here’s what only 4 sessions of That Reading Thing can do: ‘A’ was referred to me in the summer term. She had previously seen a mentor, but had not responded well and opted out of that mentoring. ‘A’ was known in the school as disruptive and challenging, and struggled in the classroom. When she came to me, she had a reading … Read More

Inclusion – deep, wide and welcoming

This is a post about inclusion in schools, not just the inclusion of policy documents but the inclusion of real-life school, the inclusion that states explicitly, “you belong here regardless of how hard you find this”. At the start of each That Reading Thing training, participants read the following: 1. What did Cal tell that big man at the pub? He was mad! 2. Bliss is in the galaxy of Blob. When you reach Blob, you have to stop at … Read More

Impact of TRT in a secondary school

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Report from That Reading Thing in Tower Hamlets (2011) Note from Tricia – The voice in this report is that of Sarah Warburton who was the TRT lead in the now closed Gap Project in Bethnal Green. She delivered That Reading Thing as in intervention to young people from local secondary schools and pupil referral units. Some students came to the Gap Project building and others met in school. After the project closed, Sarah was hired by one of the … Read More

Phonics for Adults – how it could look

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It’s been proposed that phonics should be included in the Entry Levels of the English Functional Skills qualification. That’s great news unless the people delivering the phonics think it’s boring and babyish, in which case it’s doomed. Instead, here’s a vision for age-appropriate phonics delivered with enthusiasm and understanding. A vision of lessons which are fresh, challenging, satisfying and safe for people who’ve had negative experiences of school. I’ve been using Linguistic Phonics with older struggling readers for many years. … Read More

Phonics & Adult Literacy

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13 September 2017 I wrote the following on the 14th of April, 2009. Eight years and five months later, a decision has been made to include structured phonics in literacy for adults who are working at the lowest levels. I’ll blog further on the specific proposals but this is a good starting point. **** This morning (13/04/09) in the Guardian, Peter Kingston writes about the possibilities of using phonics in adult literacy. The NRDC report he refers to is Improving … Read More

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