What are the literacy challenges?
Monitoring and assessment of literacy skills will be required to identify the needs in each school but the majority of children will have spent less time reading, writing, speaking and listening during lockdown. Evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) suggests that school closures are likely to have greatest impact on financially disadvantaged pupils and we could see a widening of the attainment gap. Children eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium are therefore especially likely to benefit from targeted interventions.
- Use the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
COVID-19 support for schools
This guide from the EEF summarises some of the ways schools can support children to get back on track following lockdown and school closures including teaching and whole school strategies, targeted approaches and wider strategies.
Children and young people's writing during lockdown
Our research found that 1 in 5 children said they were writing more during lockdown. Key themes including having more time to express their creativity and that writing supported their wellbeing.
Children and young people's reading during lockdown
With results from our Annual Literacy Survey and a follow up survey in lockdown, our research showed that a third of children were reading more during lockdown.