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Understanding the ‘how’ of learning from cognitive science

An understanding of the thinking processes that pupils go through is helpful, from planning lessons…

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Explicit vocabulary teaching

This compact guide is concerned with explicit teaching to support vocabulary development in learners. Essentially,…

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Metacognition and reading

The purpose of reading is to understand text – to construct meaning from the written…

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Dialogic and shared reading for young children

Reading with young children is an important activity to support early language and literacy, and…

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Supporting reading comprehension

According to leading academic Professor Maggie Snowling, ‘Strong foundations in oral language are the key…

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Reading: Developing comprehension and inference

We know that the use of phonics is hugely important, but passing the phonics check…

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Handwriting: Getting ready to write

Failure to develop efficient and legible handwriting in primary school can have negative consequences for…

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Spoken and written narratives

There are strong links between language and writing, with oral language skills being a foundation…

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Spelling – using word study techniques

The 250+ graphemes used to spell words in English mean that children need to be…

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The use of writing frames and planning tools

Knowing how to structure ideas is hard for many learners, especially those with literacy difficulties….

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Improving PowerPoint presentations

Our working memory, which we use to temporarily store and manage information, has a small…

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Improving the quality of homework

Homework works best when it is a targeted, well-designed strategy to support learning and understanding….