Factors responsible for reading problems include poor teaching, visual stress under fluorescent light, and temporary hearing loss in early childhood.
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John Bald began teaching in 1973, and has extensive experience as an adviser with Essex and Hackney, as a trainer of new and experienced teachers and as an Inspector. He has written two books on the teaching of reading and spelling.Follow @
The education of these children has become focused almost exclusively on dealing with severe behavioural problems, with next to no attention to the teaching of reading.
John Bald: I hope that the reshuffle will help to reverse the disastrous increase in the number of children in care
Improved educational provision is key. Increased use of boarding schools can offer a greater chance of stability.
She is among a tiny handful of people who have actually made an impact on the problem. Her school Michaela is a beacon of hope.
John Bald: Ofqual needs to get rid of the algorithmic straitjacket that has dogged it since its inception
All school subjects are not alike, and the attempt to bash them all into a single framework has failed.
It is the only educational organisation whose focus is on teaching, rather than politics or management.
Our approach to educational problems is practical, effective, and affordable. We need people who believe in them to implement them.
John Bald: How many pupils start secondary school unable to read properly? The truth is we don’t know.
What is clear is that systematic phonics, followed by sustained teaching of reading, can tackle the literacy deficit.
A casualty of its changes in government was a confidential questionnaire for pupils – given out and collected by inspectors.
I sat in a meeting with one of them. He was desperate to avoid the word “phonics”.
To our opponents, the term “fronted adverbial” is the gift that keeps on giving. No-one without a degree in linguistics knows what it means.
The Education Secretary gave an effective performance in Parliament yesterday. But there remains considerable anger, which is justified.
John Bald: The use of provocative language to stimulate thinking is a teaching style that has become unfashionable
The headmaster of Eton has used the Equality Act to justify suppressing free speech at the school. That he stays in post is Eton’s loss.
John Bald: Churchill was right. Exams should enable people to show what they can do. Not find out what they can’t.
Questions need to be set on every topic in each syllabus – with schools allowed to direct pupils to the parts of the paper they have covered.
If Gove’s goal of breaking down education’s Berlin Wall is to be achieved, it will be Birbalsingh and her colleagues who have made the first breach.