News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Conservatives back Synthetic Phonics

The Conservative Shadow Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, has emphasised the need to concentrate on teaching synthetic phonics to our children. On the day that figures revealed that English SATs results are in decline the Conservative reiterated calls for all Primary Schools to adopt the synthetic phonics method of teaching reading, as recommended by the Rose Review.

I well remember the disaster of "word recognition" methods used to teach reading when I was at Primary School. Even as a five year old I argued against that method, and I remain unconvinced that reading the book "Look", which contained fourteen pages with Look written in the top left corner of each spread, served any useful purpose in our schools.

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