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Emerita Professor Rhona Stainthorp

Professor Rhona Stainthorp
  • Professor Emerita
  • The development of reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting.
  • Effective teaching of reading and writing.
  • Individual differences in reading and writing, including precocious ability and children with learning difficulties. 


Postgraduate supervision

I no longer take on supervision of PhD students.

Recent Research Students:

  • Rob Webster
  • Harriet Speed
  • Sonia Hood
  • Denise Thompson
  • Anna Tsakalaki
  • Elizabeth Blackford
  • Naomi Flynn

Research projects

  • Your kindle and you: a study of use and attitudes to kindles in Key Stage 2.
  • Transcription skills and literacy in Key Stage 3.
  • Spelling in Key Stage 2.
  • A longitudinal investigation of Rapid Automatized Naming performance and its relationship to reading: the role of orthographic processing. (ESRC funded: Powell, D., Stainthorp, R., & Stuart, M.).
  • Investigating orthographic processes and their relation to reading in children with rapid automatized naming deficits (ESRC funded: Stainthorp, R., Stuart, M. & Quinlan, P.).
  • First Language and Literacy Research Group
  • Member of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism

Academic qualifications

Please find my full CV here.

Selected publications

Recent Conference Papers

  • Explicit literacy instruction: paving the way to independent reading. Connect’M conference Malaysia (July, 2018)
  • The simple view of writing (and spelling). Massey University, New Zealand, (October, 2017)
  • Inglish orthografy maix speling interesting. Kenote address Macquarie University Reading and Spelling Workshop (September 2017)
  • Time to stop playing Humpty Dumpty – definitions of language. Address to the COST funded European Languages Network, Jyvaskyla, Finland (February 2017)
  • My Kindle and me: Attitudes to reading with e-books in school (Stainthorp, Powell & Chesson). XXIIIrd Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Oporto Portugal (July 2016)
  • Spelling regular words exception words and pseudowords, and rapid naming: a complex relationship (Stainthorp, Powell & Coppin). XX1st Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Sana Fe, New Mexico (July 2014)
  • An essential tutorial into word reading (Stainthorp & Stuart) TES conferences Manchester (May 2012) and London (October 2012).
  • The first results from the phonics screening check - do the data tell us anything (Stainthorp, Powell & Chesson). Centre for Reading and Language workshop, University of York (2012).
  • Stories of success: precocious readers as young adults.(Stainthorp and Hughes) XVIIIth Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, St Petersberg, Florida (2011).
  • Does RAN performance contribute to word spelling? (Stainthorp, Powell, and Stuart). XVIIth Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Berlin, Germany (2010).
  • The impact of transcription skills on text writing in children age 9-11 years (2009) (Stainthorp). XIIIth Biennial Conference, European Association for Learning and Instruction, Free University, Amsterdam.
  • The relationship between rapid automatized naming and word spelling (Stainthorp, Powell & Stuart). BPS Psychology of Education conference, Preston (2009).
  • The relationship between phonological awareness, phonological memory, rapid automatised naming (RAN) and reading in monolingual and bilingual English children. (Stainthorp, Powell, Stuart, Quinlan and Garwood). XXIXth International Congress of Psychology, Berlin (2008).
  • Student teachers explicit levels of phonological awareness (Stainthorp). BPS Psychology of Education conference, Milton Keynes (2008).

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Trustee Heather Van Der Lely Research Trust
  • Language consultant for Alphablocks (CBeebies)
  • Past editor Journal of Research in Reading
  • Member of the editorial board Reading Research Quarterly
  • Advisor to HM Government on the teaching of early reading
  • Member of the Welsh Assembly Government National Literacy Plan Task and Finish Group
  • Consultant to the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training on the teaching of English (2010) (funded by the British Council, Hanoi)
  • Consultant to the Malaysian Ministry of Education on the teaching of reading (2009-10) (funded by the British Council, Kuala Lumpur



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