According to a report released this week, children in Primary and Secondary education are having their grades negatively impacted by their narrow vocabularies. The results demonstrate a widely held feeling between teachers, that a number of their pupils experience a ‘word gap’, with as many as 4 in 10 not knowing enough words to help them do well enough in school. A Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford has explained how this can impact children’s learning, saying that their low vocabulary skills affect their ability to understand and learn the curriculum. This affects literacy skills and in turn negatively impacts language skills, sending children into a downward spiral that affects the ability to learn in later life.
The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has commented on the report saying that the organisation are taking action to tackle the word gap once and for all. Earlier this year, they announced a £26 million network of specialist English Hubs around the country, along with a £5.7million fund to improve literacy and numeracy in early years and primary education.
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