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In the News


31 March 2017

6-Page Special: Teach First Innovation Awards

Thinking Reading: Last-chance saloon for pupils behind in reading. Read article here. And our Erratum.


4 September 2015

Education charity Teach First hands out £60,000 to projects aiming to narrow disadvantage gap. Read article here.

The Telegraph

July 2011

Dianne Murphy’s literacy revolution in London classrooms
A quiet revolution in literacy is taking place in a London classroom thanks to Dianne Murphy’s teaching methods.
Read article here.



Nomanis - Issue 4

December 2017

Code-Teaching or Code-Breaking? - Dianne Murphy
Seven steps to improving reading comprehension – James Murphy
Requiem for a Straw Man – James Murphy

Read the publication here.

Skola & Samhälle [SOS] (School and Society)

11 December 2017
Ta ansvar för elevers läskunnighet (Take responsibility for students' literacy) - James Murphy
Skolorna och skolpolitikerna tar inte problemen med elevers försämrade läskunnighet på allvar. Diagnoser
som tillexempel dyslexi gör att man förklarar problemen med individens biologi. Enligt James Murphy riskerar
följden bli att skolor inte använder sig av de evidensbaserade metoder som finns för läsinlärning (red).
Read article in Swedish here.
Schools and school politicians do not seriously address the problems of students' impaired literacy. Diagnoses
such as dyslexia explain the problems with the individual's biology. According to James Murphy, the consequence
is that schools do not use evidence-based methods for reading learning. Read article in English here.

What Does This Look Like in the Classroom? – Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

Chapter: Reading and Literacy - Dianne Murphy & Alex Quigley. Order the book here.

Schoolsweek Review

15 October 2017

What does this look like in the classroom? Bridging the gap between research and practice. Read the review.


23 September 2017

Every child can read – don’t write them off

We must stop rating reading skills on a bell curve – it lets us leave struggling pupils behind, says James Murphy.

Read the article here.



Times Educational Supplement

26 October 2017

The rise of the scripted teacher by Will Hazell. Comments by James Murphy. Read the article here.


22 September 2017

News –Literacy strongest predictor of science grades by Alix Robertson. Comments by Dianne Murphy. Read the article here.


18 July 2017

News - Children do better if their family attends parents’ evenings by Jess Staufenberg. Comments by Dianne Murphy.

Read the article here.



Inspiration Trust, Norwich

16 November 2017

What is Direct Instruction? – James Murphy

researchED National Conference – Chobham Academy, Newham, London

9 September 2017

Developing a whole school literacy strategy informed by research – James Murphy

Teach First Summer Institute – Leeds

31 July 2017

Reading, Writing and Language: the gatekeepers of learning – James Murphy

Teach First West Midlands Head Teacher Forum

19 May 2017

Thinking Reading – Dianne and James Murphy

researchED – English and MFL Conference – Oxford University

1 April 2017

Wars and Waste – Dianne and James Murphy
Our first session at researchED English and MFL, Oxford was called Wars and Waste to highlight two key ideas:
1 The lack of agreement and open conflict regarding the best ways to teach reading;
2 The immense waste this has created in time, money, and quality of life.
The session is divided into three sections:
1 The extent of illiteracy;
2 The reasons for this;
3 The two main approaches to teaching reading, and why one is demonstrably superior to the other.

See the slides here.

It’s Not Too Late – Dianne and James Murphy
Our second session was entitled It’s Not Too Late to draw attention to a common misconception in secondary schools: namely that students who are reading seriously behind when they arrive at secondary can never catch up.

See the slides here.

researchED National Conference – Capital City Academy, Willesden, London

September 2016

Using Single Subject Designs for Classroom Research – James Murphy
Direct Instruction: what it is and isn’t – James Murphy

United Learning English Conference – Paddington Academy, Paddington, London

July 2016

Using Research to Improve Progress for Lower Attainers - James Murphy

researchED National Conference – South Hampstead High School, London

September 2015

Research, Myths and Hidden Gold – James Murphy

researchED – English and Literacy Conference – Swindon Academy, Swindon

November 2015

Using research to improve progress for lower attainers – James Murphy See the slides here.

The Road Goes Ever On – Dianne Murphy See the slides here.

AET Academy Trust – English HODs Conference – London

26 March 2015

Introducing Thinking Reading – Dianne Murphy