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Bassingham Primary hosts regional Phonics Workshop

Bassingham Primary hosts regional Phonics Workshop

Bassingham Primary School hosted a ‘Phonics Roadshow’ for the Department of Education (DfE) last Friday, 29th March with forty five teachers attending. The school was selected to be one of only twelve schools in England to host such an event. Forty five teachers from different schools in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire spent the morning looking at how Bassingham teach phonics and reading with their younger pupils. Collins Publishers hosted the Phonics Roadshows which are designed to showcase best practice in the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics and early readers. 

Mr Ian Howells, Headteacher commented: “It is a testament to the consistent hard work and high quality teaching by the staff; we are extremely proud to have been selected to host the Phonics workshop. As a school our outcomes are regularly above both the local and national data and therefore it does feel good to be noticed.  We firmly believe that knowing every child, as an individual is vital to success. We are a family and are justifiably proud of our very high standards and outcomes. As a learning community, we aim for excellence and recognise that every member of the school can make a difference to those around them.”

The event included a welcome talk by Mr Howells, Headteacher followed by a learning walk to see and discuss best practice in the teaching of phonics and reading followed by workshop sessions focusing on fluency, prosody, regular assessment and creating a reading rich culture in your school.  Jo Jackson, a qualified primary school teacher who specialises in English and is passionate about the teaching of phonics ran the interactive workshop sessions. Jo now works as a consultant who has worked with over 100 schools.
Delegates were given a set of Collins learning materials and books which they can use back at their schools and also have the opportunity to take part in free follow-up webinars for further support going forward.

Bassingham Primary School is a highly successful single-form primary school catering for children from the age of four to eleven years of age. It is well known for being a happy, caring village school where children come first.  The school achieves its outstanding reputation thanks to the hard working team of dedicated staff, the superb attitude of the pupils and our supportive parents and governors. The school is part of the Aspire Schools Trust which also has the Sir William Robertson Academy at Welbourn.

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