What is the most effective way of raising the literacy levels of students who are struggling?


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

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

It is true that this undoubtedly used to be the case – but now the situation has changed.

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

The approach involves a totally user-friendly software program which rapidly locates an individual’s literacy needs, directing him/her 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 pupil or student gets the personalised attention he/she needs; attention which is directed one hundred percent to that individual’s unique literacy level.

Second, the learner finds the approach utterly rewarding and engaging.  Because the level of instruction is so accurately reflective of the individual’s current abilities, s/he gets a feeling of success and progress, rather than that familiar feeling of failure.

Third, because the software activities are so engrossing, staff are now free to work with others in the group.  Indeed, they can rotate the individual students, with some receiving directed help online while others engage with offline paper-based activities, which are generated automatically by the system.

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

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 obligation.

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 other schools now using Strategies for Older Students as their prime method of raising literacy levels for those who require much-needed support.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

77 fun ideas for advancing MFL in the Primary Classroom

With activities ranging from The Human alphabet and Foreign language detectives to Secret signal and Be the teacher, you’ll never be stuck for ideas.

In order for your pupils to embrace a new language they must first be confident in their ability to decode the language. And indeed, once decoding has been mastered they will be well on their way to discovering how the new language functions at sentence level.

To help with this we have produced a resource which not only aims to increase pupils’ confidence in language learning, but which also aims to increase pupils’ progress beyond learning simple vocabulary and phrases.

More Fun Ideas for Advancing MFL in the Primary Classroom is a volume containing 77 activities which support the Foreign Languages programmes of Study in the September 2014 National Curriculum where the focus is on practical communication. The activities are suitable for most languages and for a wide range of language topics and will enable the pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing.

The fun activities will help pupils learn to manipulate the language, enabling creative communication and giving young learners a feeling of ownership over the language being learnt.

The inherent rationale behind each activity is that it should be enjoyable and interactive, challenging children’s understanding of the language and furnishing them with a purpose for their learning. With activities ranging from the Human alphabet and Foreign language detectives to Secret signal and Be the teacher, you will never be stuck for ideas.

For more information, please visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/more-fun-ideas-for-advancing-modern-foreign-languages-in-the-primary-classroom-249.

You can order More Fun Ideas for Advancing MFL in the Primary Classroom for £13.99 in a variety of ways, including:

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An easy way to impact your alternative curriculum to increase outcomes

Do you have an effective Alternative Curriculum at your school?

Are your suspended or excluded, vulnerable, persistently absent or disengaged students achieving their full potential?

How would you like access to a system that will help these students re-engage with their education, facilitating every chance for every child?

Or would you prefer a system that will monitor progress, achievement, attendance and work rate to produce comprehensive reports with no more than a couple of mouse clicks?

How about a cost-effective online learning platform that does all of this and more?

EDLounge is an inclusive online resource able to greatly enhance the educational offerings for students undertaking alternative and flexible learning pathways with support through our remote learning and virtual classroom (EDVirtual).

Students follow extensive learning pathways and programmes within EDLounge which, due to the ease of its set up, can work very easily alongside other provisions that are in place.

Students can also work independently through a bank of learning content which can replace or support in-school learning thus providing a unique package regardless of environment, facilities or budget.


We strive to think outside of the box to achieve success for your target group of students.

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Successful Gangsta Granny tour extended thru 2017

UK theatre tour of GANGSTA GRANNY by DAVID WALLIAMS continues until July 2017

Great for KS2 Curriculum

GANGSTA GRANNY by the UK’s bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, is now an acclaimed new play suitable for pupils at infant, junior and middle school level (ages 4 to 12) and it will help you cover part of the National Curriculum. The show is currently on tour around the UK until July 2017 before transferring to the West End.

See venue details, photos, reviews and a trailer of the show at www.birminghamstage.com

Special school ticket prices apply at all tour venues and many give free tickets to teachers on duty. Schools can also claim back the VAT on their pupils’ tickets to reduce costs further.

“How do you entertain a thousand deafening under ten-year-olds for two hours? The answer is this cracker of a show, brilliantly adapted and directed, which comes with a smashing cast. It’s totally grantastic!” * * * *  The Mail on Sunday

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be so boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

“Kids adore David Walliams’ books and they loved this show. It has an infectious exuberance that answers the writing’s zest and theatricality. Every comic opportunity is grasped!”  * * * * The Daily Telegraph

Gangsta Granny follows Birmingham Stage Company’s hugely popular shows including Horrible Histories, Tom’s Midnight Garden and James and the Giant Peach.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing children’s adventure!


“Absolutely brilliant – it kept very close to the book and was even better in parts. The show exceeded our expectations – we loved the dancing and the comedy and the scenery was exceptional – so clever how it unfolded. Everyone was truly amazing, with brilliant characterisations. A truly excellent show. You brought the West End to Nottingham!” Highfields School, Newark

“It was an excellent show and very entertaining! It was much funnier than the book and we thought it was very clever. The children loved it! Thank you!” Viscount Beaumont’s C of E, Coalville

” Amazing! Very well portrayed and an accurate representation of the book which more than fulfilled our expectations – it really brought the story to life. The set was so clever and we also loved the costumes. Ben was perfect for the role and everyone did such a great job. No stone was left unturned – we hope David Walliams is proud” Cape Cornwall School