Author Archives: Dianne Murphy

How to find out what works in ‘What Works?’

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Choosing an effective intervention may not be as difficult as you think. For school leaders looking for evidence on the effectiveness of literacy interventions, the go-to source is Professor Greg Brooks’ What works for children and…

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Assessing an Intervention: Who Does It Help?

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
To know if an intervention is effective, we need to know who it helps most.  Schools are rightly making more of an effort to evaluate the evidence for interventions before investing in them. This is a…

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Allies and Friends

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
It takes a movement to conquer illiteracy. It was a tough decision.  Would I stay in my school, with my programme and my team, and enjoy seeing students succeed where they had previously failed? Or would…

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12 Qualities of an Effective Reading Teacher

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Good systems need good people to deliver them. To have real impact, an intervention must have two things: an effective programme, and an effective teacher. No matter how good the programme is, its power to effect…

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Developing a research-informed literacy strategy

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New Horizons

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Addressing serious reading problems creates new horizons for students – and schools. One of the most stubborn problems for school leaders is that of students who could perform much better than they do, but for whom…

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Beware of the Reading Traps

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Avoid the pitfalls lying in wait for school leaders seeking help for struggling readers. If we can read, we tend to assume that reading is easy. In a large organisation like a secondary school, those who…

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