We spent a fabulous evening at the Teach First Innovation Awards last night. This year’s winners gave powerful and convincing presentations, and the Innovation Unit’s organisation and enthusiasm made it a vibrant occasion. Congratulations to all concerned!
It was also lovely to be one of the previous winners profiled in the Schools Week supplement on the Innovation Awards. However, as sometimes happens things can be misconstrued in the interview process. In the interests of clarity, we need to correct two important details:
The price quoted is a one-off cost for training and materials – it is not an annual fee. At the request of some of our partner schools we are in the process of putting together an on-going support package which will cover the cost of such things as monitoring student progress and training new staff, but this will be a separate option from the setup.
We don’t use music in our programme! Occasionally, some children have unusual difficulty with segmenting and blending phonemes (the smallest unit of sound in speech). The phonemic awareness activity referred to (Tracking Sounds) is a listening activity which uses small blocks to represent phonemes.
The child listens to a ‘track’ of sounds and moves the block that represents the sound that changed: “if this is ‘arm’ (two phonemes = two blocks), show me ‘art’.” The second phoneme changes so the child should replace the second block with a new block. These ‘tracks’ start off simple: vc = vowel consonant, and cv = consonant vowel and progress to more complex ‘tracks’ (ccv and ccvc) with finer distinctions.
I’m sure that Schools Week will pick up on this and correct the details – but we needed to get this out there in the meantime.