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All schools are equal but some are more equal than others

I recently attended the Festival of Education at Wellington College and heard Amanda Spielman give a keynote. Amanda Spielman, OFSTED’s new leader gave a rousing talk at the Festival of Education last week. She listed ways in which schools were gaming the system:  allowing students with EAL to take a GCSE in their first language …

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Day 16 – Do we really need to read and write? #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology

I was recently introduced at a training session as ‘the woman who will persuade you that reading and writing are not required to succeed in school’ – I laughed nervously saying ‘well, not quite but……’. Reading and writing are vital, of course, (and talking) but Assistive Technology has come on so much that if you …

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Day 8 – Free electronic copies of text books #28daysofwriting

OK You have your free text-to-speech – ‘Balabolka’ Day 2 blog TICK You have your free voices – ‘Ooo Daniel’ Day 5 blog TICK Your students are ready to go … Right, you say ‘read pg 64 of your text book’ – oh. CROSS So, what you now need are your text books in an …

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Day 5 – Voices – Assistive Technology #28daysofwriting

I’m not quite as famous as Ethel Cain (first speaking clock voice) but I was the voice of Falkland Islands telephone exchange in 2000 – Ethel and I had our voice recorded with a finite amount of things to say however, but a synthetic voice is different because a computer generates the sounds of words …

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Day 2 #28daysofwriting – Balabolka

Balabolka means ‘chatterer’ in Russian and it does exactly that on your computer. It’s a free, text-to-speech (TTS) piece of software which enables students to have electronic text read out to them. Balabolka is one of the best free TTS on the market as it has many features usually reserved for the commercial ones. It …

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Dyslexia – How to help in Secondary School

Dyslexia – How to Help in Secondary School   My last blog explained the current definition for Dyslexia/Rose’09.  http://julesdaulby.com/2014/10/23/dyslexia-what-is-it/ . Next week I will look at Dyslexia – How to help in Primary What are the Indicators? requested by @suecowley will be the following week.   ‘If you get SEN right in school you raise …

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Are Coloured Overlays evil? Asking the right questions

I was pleased to see this, http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5160/rr/763235, arguing coloured overlays can help reading speed. But there is also this, http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5160/rr/763262; here the author argues that dyslexia charities should be more honest about the efficacy of coloured overlays and categorise them under alternative therapies. I’m inclined to agree with this too. Coloured Overlays get a bad press …

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