Tag Archives: Geoff Barton

What I got up to at the Wellington Festival of Education Part 2

Day Two of the Education Festival dawned rather too early; I was camped out in my van and could have done with another hour or so before the hordes descended. By the

3 reasons why you should read The Secret of Literacy

This is, unashamedly, a sales pitch for my new book, The Secret of Literacy: making the implicit explicit which should be available in the next few days. Apologies if such blatant self-promotion offends your sensibilities,

So, what does ‘gifted’ mean anyway?

As you may be aware, non-selective secondary schools are failing the ‘most able’. How do we know? Because a brand new Ofsted report tells us so. The report’s key findings include such

Developing oracy: it’s talkin’ time!

Talk is the sea upon which all else floats ~ James Britton, Language and Learning, 1970 Students spend a lot of talking, don’t they? Everyone can speak, so why would we want to waste valuable

The Matthew Effect – why literacy is so important

Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 13:12 In the world of the

Some thoughts on silent reading

“And Johnny, what makes you think that is suitable for silent reading?”  “Because Sir, you really would not want me to read it out loud” Jim Smith, The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook Apparently