Improving Literacy in Key Stage Two

A seven-step plan to boost reading and writing skills for key stage 2 students has been made available by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – the charity behind the well-known Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

The resource – entitled Improving Literacy in Key Stage Two – reviews the best available research and compiles practical recommendations on what makes effective literacy teaching.

The guidance says that teaching primary school pupils to write and spell “quickly as well as accurately” is vital. This is because pupils’ writing skills – including spelling, handwriting and typing – need to become automatic so that they can concentrate on the content of their writing.

A second step focuses on how schools can develop their pupils’ language skills by encouraging them to read books aloud and have conversations with their friends about the texts. The other five recommendations are:

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