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Covid recovery: When the SENCO knows best

Communication and language skills have taken a hit during Covid, but techniques to support children with SEN can also improve outcomes for mainstream learners. Victoria Annan describes three interventions in particular

The legacy of Covid-19 is impossible to ignore when we look at children’s attainment.

Research from the Education Endowment Foundation last year showed us that in autumn 2020, a shocking 76% of primary schools reported that children who had that September needed more support than children in previous cohorts (Bowyer-Crane et al, 2021). To address this will take a range of highly successful and tailored interventions.

Schools are creative places where solutions are found every day to help children overcome education barriers and get maximum benefit from all that being part of a rich learning community provides.

From extra reading groups to support those in danger of falling behind, school-wide campaigns to improve wellbeing and new team sports introduced to encourage children to make friends, the right interventions can make a real difference.

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