UK children ‘reading too early’

UK children ‘reading too early‘
Children are too young to learn to read when they first start school in the UK, an academic claims. Pushing reception pupils too hard could put them off for life, especially boys, says Professor Lilian Katz.  Dr Katz, a professor of education at the University of Illinois in the USA, thinks policy makers are pushing children too hard too early. Most youngsters in the UK start learning to read and write in reception when they start primary school – often before their fifth birthday. In Scandinavian countries formal teaching begins much later, usually when children are six or seven

Literacy programme ‘wiping out’ a lot of illiteracy and dyslexia

Going, going, gone…A literacy programme is ‘wiping out’ a lot of illiteracy and dyslexia, according to its architect

The educational psychologist behind the West Dunbartonshire 10-year literacy programme has made the dramatic claim that it is “wiping out” a lot of dyslexia, as well as eradicating illiteracy. But the council is taking a more cautious view.  Dr MacKay believes only a very small number of cases can accurately be described as dyslexia. He says some children are labelled dyslexic around the ages of seven or eight the stage when assessments for dyslexia are carried out because that is when it becomes clear that a child is having problems responding to reading instruction.