Is your primary school starting languages for the first time this September? If so, email me (click about at top left) to sign up for a free webinar, content to be discussed with participants, date in early September to be confirmed. See also the free primary toolkits below.
Across the English-speaking countries of the world, children are failing in school in such huge numbers that people have come to expect it. No-one wants this situation, and governments spend billions of pounds trying to tackle it, to very little effect.
Educational failure is unnecessary. Current brain research, including the work of the British Medical Research Centre's Applied Psychology Unit and Nobel Prizewinner Eric Kandel's In Search of Memory, is showing us what happens as we learn, and giving us the knowledge and understanding we need to promote effective learning for everyone. Put simply, our brains consist of billions of cells that make contact with each other, building networks and connections that are the basis of memory, thought and mind. What builds these networks, builds success. Whatever we do that does not do so, impedes it.
The teaching outlined on this site is based on building neural networks and is highly effective. It is free to individuals, and a parent (or grandparent), sits in on every lesson with children, so that they can follow up the work between lessons. For older children and adults, lessons can sometimes be given via skype, or telephone.
Books and reviews
I've written two books, Using Phonics to Teach Reading and Spelling (Sage) and The Literacy File (available from me). The Teaching Assistant's Edufax publication may be downloaded free, here. Reviews on this site represent my honest opinion. I have no financial connection with any publisher, and there is no paid content. The site has just passed its first 100,000 hits.
I have extensive and highly successful experience of training teachers and assistants in literacy (including dyslexia), languages and basic mathematics. All training is closely matched to your needs. I offer specialist advice on staff appointments, contracting and legal matters, where my experience includes work with the late George Carman QC. I am a member of the UK Department for Education's Expert/Reference group on teacher training, and of its ministerial steering group for languages. I am technical adviser on languages to the Hackney Learning Trust, have recently joined an advisory training group, based at the French Embassy, and my notes on small-scale research have been circulated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
My work was featured at the Sunday Times/Wellington College Festival of Education in 2012 and 2013.
2013 Presentation: Download Helping your child with spelling.
This conference was sold out. Course members asked for notes on assessing languages without using NC levels. These are here.