Month: December 2014

Time Out

Taking time out of lessons is a high-cost investment which must yield results Time is not just precious: it is finite. For students at secondary school, they have five years: for most, this means there are 190 days of five lessons, which works out at 950 lessons per year. Some of these will be interrupted or cancelled for other activities. Some may be disrupted by poor student behaviour. Some may be minimally helpful because they are covered when the regular teacher is not available. Most of these lessons will require a good level of reading; some may address reading comprehension; very few, if any, will do anything to improve reading accuracy. Meanwhile the student who struggles with reading is travelling at the same inexorable pace as their peers towards final exams, qualifications and being spat out at the end of their education with little to show for it. For them, the outlook is bleak. The light at the end of the tunnel for most students is an oncoming train for those who haven’t mastered reading. Our aim …