Download Sue Ellis on Edutalk
Sue Ellis, Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde, on ‘Poverty, literacy, and the attainment gap’.
1. Which children in my class live in poverty?
2. What are the challenges they face?
3. What can I do tomorrow and in the longer term to help that child achieve?
The suggested readings are:
Sosu and Ellis Closing the attainment gap in Scottish Education. York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/closing-attainment-gap-scottish-education
BERA IINSIGHTS: The Achievement Gap: Are parents or schools responsible? London, BERA https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Insights-Achievement-Gap-revised-v3.pdf
SCCYP and Save the Children: Learning Lessons: Young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland Edinburgh, SCCYPhttp://www.sccyp.org.uk/ufiles/Learning-Lessons.pdf
Tackling Poverty in Renfrewshire: Report of Renfrewshire’s Tackling Poverty Commission. Paisley, Renfrewshire Councilhttp://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/wps/wcm/connect/b74e4e63-e549-4fbf-987d-9a9d5d981c2e/ce-RenfrewshireTPCReport.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
Download Marie Jeanne and Ruth on Edutalk
Dr Marie-Jeanne McNaughton and Ruth Barr on the Storyline Method and forthcoming international conference.
There is a special discount rate of £90 for one day for Scottish teachers to come to the International Storyline Conference. Booking details on conference website.
Download Neil Dempsey on Edutalk
Neil Dempsey on ‘The path from Primary to Third level education for students with Dyslexia’.
Click here to read Neil’s Masters dissertation.
Neil poses the following question to listeners: What are the factors that enable someone with dyslexia to take on third level education and succeed?
Burden, R. (2008). Is dyslexia necessarily associated with negative feelings of self‐worth? A review and implications for future research. Wiley Interscience, n/a–n/a. doi:10.1002/dys.371
Nalavany, B., Carawan, L. W., & Rennick, R. A. (2010). Psychosocial Experiences Associated With Confirmed and Self-Identified Dyslexia: A Participant-Driven Concept Map of Adult Perspectives. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44(1), 63–79. doi:10.1177/0022219410374237
Pollak, D. (2005). dyslexia, The Self and Higher Education. Learning life histories of students identified as dyslexic. Trentham Books.
Bill Boyd (@literacyadviser) on resources and strategies for developing literacy skills at Second and Third Level
Two reflective questions:
We like to encourage a ‘growth mindset’ in children but do our education authorities (‘authorities’ in the broadest sense) do enough to encourage a growth mindset in teachers?
According to CfE all teachers are responsible for the development of literacy skills in young people. To what extent do you agree that secondary subjects are simply the context for the development of literacy skills?