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17/09

Bridging the Word Gap

BridgingWordGap

After intensive literacy instruction in primary schools, the assumption is often that the vast majority of children should be able to read and write to a level that means they can access the secondary curriculum. The reality, however, is that a significant minority do not reach that standard. This is something that researchers and teachers are desperately trying to address. Marcus Rashford-who launched a book club during the pandemic to provide free books for children from underprivileged backgrounds- has said that he ‘only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality’. We hope that this will inspire teens to pick up a book and read. Practical resources for teachers and parents to help improve the literacy of secondary age students can be found in the Oxford University Press Report: Help to Close the Word Gap (bit.ly/OUPWordGap) and the Education Endowment Foundation website (bit.ly/ImprovingLit).

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