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What the DfE’s reading framework means for your school

The DfE’s new reading framework is being implemented this year. Kathy Ewers picks out five key elements of the guidance and looks at bringing them into the classroom

When the Department for Education published its guidance document – The Reading Framework: Teaching the foundations of literacy back in July (DfE, 2021), schools minister Nick Gibb described the focus on reading as the single most important reform in boosting children’s life chances.

He wrote: “Ensuring that children become strong readers at the very earliest stages helps to avoid the vicious circle of reading difficulty and demotivation.” (Gibb, 2021)

Now we are fully into the swing of the autumn term, schools are putting the framework’s recommendations into practice to ensure their children leave primary education as strong and competent readers.

So how does the new reading framework aim to provide children with those vital literacy skills?

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