The challenges of teaching reading to secondary aged students; new landscapes.

  This article recently featured in Nasen’s Special           The landscape We have emerged from a few years of ‘fervent phonics’ in primary schools which promises to eradicate reading failure amongst our older learners and so contribute to  ‘narrowing the gap’ of attainment. Whilst there are mixed views about the evidence […]

Rising demand for multichannel publishing

In 2012 frattempo publishing has seen an increase in demand for multimedia projects; what do these projects look like, what drives their demand and what are the implications of such approaches for the future? Broader content offer Few products for teachers and learners are now purely print-based; most at the very least provide a CD […]

frattempo client project shortlisted for BETT 2013

Gill Budgell of frattempo was excited  to hear that Espresso Education has been shortlisted in the Primary Digital Content category with their innovative addition to their online service to schools, Espresso Phonics. Gill was the Phonics Consultant on this project and features on the teacher support videos. Lewis Bronze, CEO of Espresso Education, commented,  ‘We […]

Reflections on boys’ reading

Reflections and tips on boys’ reading… I asked a few friends who have boys of varying ages what their thoughts and top tips might be on getting/keeping boys reading.  Here are their responses … 1. Well, he’s gone slightly off the boil at the moment, not enjoying his current book…. Anyway, I’d recommend: – Start early; read […]

Another frattempo client project wins industry award in 2012

Gill Budgell (centre) of frattempo was Consultant Publisher in the Rising Stars team who were delighted to accept a major category award at the prestigious Education Resources Awards (ERAs). Dockside Reading Scheme won the category for best Special Education Needs (SEN) resource at the gala event after being chosen by an independent panel of education […]

frattempo client wins 2012 BETT industry award

Gill Budgell of frattempo was delighted to have been part of the award-winning team from Oxford University Press  at the 2012 BETT awards held in London. Oxford Owl, a free educational site offering literacy and numeracy advice for parents, beat a tough line up of competing entries to win the category for Digital Collections and […]

Phonics #2: Phonics is not a science.

Phonics is not a science. Fact. There are many grey areas. The alphabetic code is something that we try to teach coherently to increase children’s chances of success in learning how to read and spell. We all agree that there are 26 letters of the alphabet and we agree that there are simple and complex […]

An artful beginning…

Fast, fluent handwriting begins with developing children’s gross and fine motor skills and what better way to do that than through an appreciation of pattern in art. Here are my Ten Top Tips from Penpals for Handwriting (Cambridge-Hitachi) Foundation Stage Teacher’s Handbook.

Phonics #1: RRF and Government Policy

At a recent major conference on the teaching of synthetic phonics I found myself engulfed by an interesting array of synthetic phonics gurus as well as Nick Gibb Minister of State, Department for Education since May 2010 and ex tax inspector, but now synthetic phonics advocate; quite a scary place to be. As messages of […]