Covid recovery: Primary schools urged to increase focus on reading support

Learning gaps caused by the pandemic are starting to narrow for year 3 and 4 pupils, but concerns remain about the on-going impact on disadvantaged pupils and the lowest attainers in year 3 reading.
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Furthermore, headteachers continue to be worried about the wellbeing and behaviour of their pupils post-pandemic.

The findings have been published in the latest in a series of reports from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) tracking the impact of the pandemic on younger pupils’ reading and maths.

The study urges adequate resources for schools to continue their work to close the gaps caused by Covid and says that the focus must be on “very low attaining pupils and closing the disadvantage gap”.

Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, the research follows 6,157 pupils in 82 schools who were in reception and year 1 (aged 4 to 6) in March 2020 when Covid hit.

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