With the knowledge that early disadvantages and disparities can impact greatly upon a child’s entire education, it is difficult to comprehend that over 28% of children still start primary school without the communication skills needed to fully engage in the classroom.The devastating impact of early attainment gaps has recently been highlighted by the education secretary Damien Hinds.
“When you are behind from the start you rarely catch up! Your peers don’t wait, the gap just widens. This has a huge impact on social mobility.”
With literacy skills playing a crucial role in enabling children to access the curriculum, it is widely recognised that there is a strong correlation between literacy, attainment, and behaviour. The academic isolation associated with low literacy levels can impact greatly upon a child’s self esteem and sense of wellbeing; these problems can then manifest themselves in a variety of different behavioural issues.
Teachers have worked tirelessly for years to improve literacy, however, identifying children who struggle is currently a long and resource intensive process. The nature of literacy itself, a skill which involves a complicated interplay between many different cognitive and linguistic processes, makes testing extremely difficult.
Current methods of assessing reading, including screening tests for phonics, often don’t take into account the full range of cognitive processes involved, which means it can take lots of time for teachers to collect the evidence-based information they need to back up their professional judgements.
“We can assess children without adding to the work load of the class teachers, with the intention of also providing effective interventions for the teachers again without creating unnecessary admin.”
In a matter of minutes our assessment can give teachers a unique insight into reading, which can help them provide the tailored support pupils require much earlier in their education. Requiring little administrative in put, its ongoing use makes it easy for schools to monitor every pupil’s progress in reading, narrow the attainment gap, and improve literacy levels across the board.
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