Author Archives: Dianne Murphy

Reading catch-up for older students: one-to-one or small groups?

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Do secondary students need one-to-one tuition to catch up, or can they be taught in groups? The answer is, both – depending on how far behind they are. Groups can be an effective format for teaching…

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10 Reasons Why Thinking Reading Gets Striking Results

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We often find ourselves answering questions about the striking results that Thinking Reading students achieve. Teachers are used to seeing modest outcomes at best from reading interventions, so responses range from surprise to scepticism. By way…

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Three styles of problem-solving

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
How leaders deal with problems determines  . . . well, everything. It’s an awkward truth that some leaders feel safest in a state of crisis. In a crisis, everyone is too preoccupied with how to cope…

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The Implementation Trap

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When Ofsted review schools under the new category of Quality of Education, the Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, says that they will be looking at three areas: intention, implementation and impact. While it’s almost impossible to find…

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What Are Your Intentions?

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Recently, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, gave a speech in which she outlined Ofsted’s new approach to inspecting schools. One of the key changes is a new heading, ‘Quality of Education’, which will encompass…

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A Valentine’s Day Letter – You Have Broken My Heart . . .

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Dear Education We’ve had a long relationship and one that I, at least, was deeply committed to. We both cared deeply about helping every child to become literate – at least I thought you did too.…

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Doors to Opportunity

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January is named after Janus, the god of doors, who looks both backwards and forwards. As always at this time of year, it is a time to reflect on the previous year as we revise and…

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