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Good advice for raising literacy levels!

Removing Barriers to Literacy is an Ofsted report  looking at the barriers to good literacy.  It says that poor development of speaking and listening skills at an early age is a barrier for children learning to read and write. The report  highlights the need for teachers to have high expectations, the importance of the systematic teaching of phonics, and how the clear assessment of individual pupils' progress and needs can drive improvement. 

Following on from this there is also an article in the Times Educational Supplement about whether book gifting is a good way to boost literacy.

The National Literacy Trust highlights a  study undertaken by the University of Stavanger in Norway which reports that children and students who write by hand learn better than those who type.  

In our final source, the National Literacy Trust reports on work by the  University of Coventry which reveals that text messaging can boost literacy among pupils because it provides additional exposure to words and writing outside of the school day.

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