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This profile was last updated on 12/6/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Visiting Fellow

Oxford Brookes University
 
Background

Employment History

  • Education Consultant
Web References
We have two full-time consultants ...
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We have two full-time consultants Bill Laar and Jackie Holderness dealing with various areas of primary education.
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Bill Laar.
Bill was a Primary Head teacher before becoming an inspector/adviser. In this capacity he worked for a number of local authorities, including: Birmingham and Barking and Dagenham. He was:
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For over 10 years, Bill has worked as an educational consultant, with schools and teachers around the UK and overseas. He is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and has worked recently with a number of Education Action Zones in the UK.
Interests:
Bill's main professional interests are: Management and leadership; governance of schools; school inspection and self-evaluation; Creativity in education; the use of narrative in learning; teaching gifted and more able children; non-fiction skills development; teaching thinking skills; the teaching of reading, writing and poetry; teachers' continuing professional development:
Publications by Bill Laar:
Bill has been a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement and has written books and materials for teachers, including :
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Bill is currently working on LCP Reading Cards, a cross-curricular non-fiction reading skills project for LCP (in press) and on Jamboree, an ESL picture book/ video programme for younger ESL children (Harcourt : 2005).
Jackie and Bill jointly wrote the OUP Parent's Guide to Pre-School Learning (1999).
The Interactive Annual Reportâ„¢ Company | News Article
www.interactiveschoolprospectuses.co.uk, 27 Jan 2008 [cached]
Education consultant and former schools inspector Bill Laar says making sure that the pupils look happy when you visit is an important test.
Other essentials, says Laar, include a reasonably high position in the national tests league tables; a "rich" curriculum; a low turnover of teachers; a well-looked-after playground (with plenty of space for games, important for boys); enough computers to get to grips with technology and, crucially, an inspirational head teacher keen to work with parents.
Education consultant and former schools ...
www.interactiveuniversityprospectuses.co.uk, 27 Jan 2008 [cached]
Education consultant and former schools inspector Bill Laar says making sure that the pupils look happy when you visit is an important test.
Other essentials, says Laar, include a reasonably high position in the national tests league tables; a "rich" curriculum; a low turnover of teachers; a well-looked-after playground (with plenty of space for games, important for boys); enough computers to get to grips with technology and, crucially, an inspirational head teacher keen to work with parents.
Talking Point
www.ican.org.uk, 28 May 2005 [cached]
In the Times Educational Supplement on 1st July this year, Bill Laar, an educational consultant, wrote of children who live in deprived areas of Britain 'time and again children's writing lacks narrative substance, simply because those who do not have enriching, diverse experiences will struggle to construct coherent, substantial plots and to maintain a meaningful story-line.' He goes on to suggest that 'alongside a curriculum as rich as possible, and some focused work on children's speaking and listening, (there is a need to) establish a policy for the provision of narrative.'
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As Bill Laar suggests without their own experiences of routines and events and the opportunity to talk about them many school aged children don't develop the vocabulary, grammar and narrative skills necessary to even report what they did at the weekend.
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Furthermore they may also be able to suggest a model of how Bill Laar's suggestion of including children's speaking, listening and narrative in the primary classroom could be achieved.
Curriculum
www.cumbriagfl.org.uk, 25 June 2005 [cached]
Bill Laar: Fellow to The School of Education, Brookes University
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