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  • How Can Reading Recovery Help?

    How do you help a child who is unable to read a simple book or write their own name after their first year in school? One answer is to use the Reading Recovery literacy programme. Red Box Books are keen to promote the programme, which is a short-t...

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  • How does humour help reluctant readers?

    Have you ever noticed how much children like to laugh? Of course you have! So it’s no wonder that authors like David Walliams, Jeff Kinney and Jacqueline Wilson are so popular, with their books selling millions worldwide. But what’s the key to...

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  • Tracy Beaker returns – as a grown up single mum!

    Tracy Beaker first appeared 27 years ago in hugely popular books that also inspired successful TV shows. She was a child who grew up in a care home known as “the dumping ground”, but she returns in October in a new work by her creator, Jacqueli...

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  • Deadline for 500 Words

    Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans urged children to “fire up their creative engines” at the launch of 500 Words in January. But it’s worth remembering that the deadline for the short story competition is fast approaching – as entries have to be submit...

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  • How to teach spelling?

    Relying on phonics to teach spelling to primary school children can create problems, according to an educational expert. Megan Dixon, director of literacy at the Aspire Educational Trust, has described her own experience of helping to teach one pa...

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  • All the resources you need to teach English

    Educational publisher Collins has created an impressive collection of books and digital resources for teaching English to children from Foundation to Year 6 classes. Spelling; Comprehension; Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation; Composition and Han...

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  • Why do boys stop reading?

    Boys experience a significant drop in reading for pleasure from the ages of eight to 16, according to a survey by the National Literacy Trust. When the boys in the study were asked about their reading habits, 72 percent of eight to 11 year olds sa...

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  • David Walliams is back!

    When he’s not judging Britain’s Got Talent, David Walliams is busy writing children’s books and his latest, The World’s Worst Children 2, with illustrations by Tony Ross, was published in May. To celebrate its release, ARB Books have a spe...

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  • Dame Jacqueline Wilson In Conversation

    Dame Jacqueline Wilson appeared at St George’s Hall, Liverpool in May to discuss her long and successful writing career. Famous for creating Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, the former Children’s Laureate talked about her inspiration for her sto...

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  • “Phonics works”

    Sounding out words when learning to read has a dramatic impact on the accuracy of reading aloud and comprehension, according to a report. Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit found tha...

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