What is the most effective way of helping children who have slipped behind, rapidly raise their levels of literacy?

There is no doubt of the answer to the question above: it is one-to-one tuition.

But surely one-to-one tuition is not possible – at least for more than a small amount of time each week.   It is simply too expensive.

That undoubtedly used to be the case – but now the situation has changed.

For the fact is that it is now possible to give a child one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging for the child, and responsive to their immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget.

The approach adopts a totally user-friendly software program which rapidly locates the child’s literacy needs, directing them to an engaging set of activities which will remedy any deficits, before advancing through to the next set of skills.

The benefits of this approach are huge.  First, the child gets the personalised attention he/she needs; attention which is directed one hundred percent to their unique literacy level.

Second, the child finds the approach utterly rewarding and engaging.  Because the level of instruction is so accurately reflective of the child’s current abilities, they get the feeling of success and progress, rather than failure or being behind his or her peers.

Third, because the child is engrossed by the program, you are now free to work with other children in your group.  Indeed, you can rotate the children: some receiving directed help online, others engaged in offline paper based activities with you, which are generated by the system.

The program in question is Core5 from Lexia, and of course I recognise it is easy for me to make claims about rapid pupil progress, enormous recovery rates for children who have slipped behind, and the fact that the approach will actually save the school money by reducing dependency on additional staff.

But before going further, you will want to know what other schools have found when they use the program, and you will of course want to try it out for yourself for a period of time without having to make any commitment.

We’re happy to offer both.  If you want to read the case studies involving UK schools please click here.   You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, then again we have a wealth of information available on line.

Of course, you may like to talk first – if so, please do call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk

I do hope you will find this approach interesting and consider joining the many others who are now using Core5 as their prime method of raising literacy levels  in their schools.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.


Which combination of strategies is most effective for developing your pupils’ teamworking skills?

There are two strategies which, when combined, will ensure that your pupils become experts at working as a team.

Firstly, for pupils to truly embrace teamworking they must first understand why working as a team is so important. This can easily be achieved by showing your pupils that some things can only be accomplished with the help of others such as playing football or moving a heavy object.

Next, it is important that your colleagues plan lessons or activities that focus on developing teamworking skills. Working as a team is an essential life skill that needs to be explicitly taught – being in a team doesn’t mean the members will instinctively work as a team. Once this skill is learned, however, pupils will benefit from using it across the curriculum and indeed throughout their lives.

Fortunately, both strategies can be achieved in combination with 43 Team-building Activities for Key Stage 1 and 43 Team-building Activities for Key Stage 2 – teaching resources which have been specifically designed to help you and your colleagues develop teamworking skills among pupils.

The books contain clearly written lesson plans which will ensure that your pupils develop a range of social and physical skills (including essential movement skills: agility, balance and co-ordination) as well as stimulating their imaginations through a series of exciting problems and scenarios.

Each lesson plan begins with a story. From the mountains of the Himalayas to the stormy seas of the Pacific, the children are placed in problematic situations in which they will need to work together to find a solution.

Furthermore, the activities will develop pupils’ self-esteem and confidence whilst enabling you to address the requirement in the PE curriculum for challenging adventurous activities.

You can find more information about either of the books at these links:

43 Team-building Activities for Key Stage 1

43 Team-building Activities for Key Stage 2

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Summer Schools 2017 – Booking Now Open

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2017:

The Medicine Summer School for students aged 15-18 comprises a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

The Summer Law School for 15-18s, in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal Law, Civil Law or International Law, or to attend all three Parts for a comprehensive introduction to legal study.

Our Physics Summer School is now in two separate five-day events, with Part One being relatively maths-light and open to all students from 15 upwards, and Part Two more mathematically focused, and reserved for students who will have completed AS Level (or equivalent) Maths by Summer 2017.

For keen Mathematicians we also have the Maths Summer School, which is a five-day course open to students who will have completed Maths AS level or equivalent by Summer 2017.

For those interested in the Humanities, we have Summer Schools in Economics, International Relations, History, and Politics, while Arts enthusiasts should check out the English Literature, Classical Civilisations, Art History, Critical and Cultural Theory, or Philosophy Summer Schools (all for students aged 15-18).

Last but not least, we also have a smaller number of courses available for younger students (ages 11-14) in Law, Medicine, Creative Writing and Science subjects.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2017. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/.

There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.