Welsh Lessons 2: Lessons in Secondary Literacy Intervention.



It was a pleasant spring day when the head called me into a big meeting in his office with the SENCo, SLT and the Head of English. He was not happy with the progress currently being made with those pupils who required extra literacy support and he was going to invest in it on a large scale. Pupils were going to be withdrawn from French, taught in small groups of about eight, by eight different teachers and I was going to have to come up with the goods in terms of curriculum, pedagogy, testing and tracking by September. That gave me the summer term and the summer holidays to sort it out. I was a good English teacher and Literacy Coordinator with a successful track record so far, but  I had had no training in phonics other than what I had picked up on the job or learned…

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