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Masters in Educational Practice: Literacy


Reading early

The teaching of early reading has always been controversial and has engaged educationalists in long-lasting debate. The ebbs and flows in the argument have mainly centred on whether a top-down (beginning at the level of whole text) or a bottom-up (beginning at the level of letters and words) approach is best. More recently, the publication of The Rose Review (2006) has resulted in a move to adopting synthetic phonics as a first approach.


  • to examine the implementation and requirements of the literacy component of the National Literacy and Numeracy  Framework (LNF)  
  • to evaluate the principles of phonics teaching
  • to complete a self-study pack on the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics.
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