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Post-pandemic language recovery in reception year

We know that the pandemic has hit language development and literacy skills among our youngest pupils. In this article, Neil Henty considers post-pandemic language recovery in the reception year

What seemed an obvious side-effect of lockdowns, pupil absences post-lockdowns, and staff shortages now has validity in research. The deleterious effects of lost learning time have been seen in many aspects of child development, not least when it comes to wellbeing. In primary schools, and especially in reception, the effects also manifest in other more easily-measured areas, such as language and communication. This article looks at some lessons from recent reports by Kindred and the NFER, especially related to language and literacy.

Impact of Covid on attainment

The NFER report The impact of Covid-19 on pupil attainment (Twist et al, 2022) described general trends across a number of studies that used standardised tests to investigate the disruption Covid-19 caused to learning.

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