Teaching and learning post-lockdown presents many challenges. Silvana Richardson considers how we can support the most disadvantaged EAL pupils, who as well as suffering a hit to their learning, may have also experienced a language learning loss...


By now many articles, blog posts and reports will have dealt with how to close the disadvantage gap and support the most disadvantaged pupils as they return to school this term.

Not least, Headteacher Update’s recent series of four Back to School Guides, including the Teaching and Learning edition (Headteacher Update, 2020). You might have also seen the Education Endowment Foundation’s rapid evidence assessment on the impact of the lockdown (EEF, 2020a) and learnt, unsurprisingly, that it is highly likely to have widened the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers, with different projections estimating the gap widening from 11 to 75 per cent.

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