Bridging the Literacy Gap: Effective Strategies to Address Weak Reading Skills in Secondary School Pupils

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Webinar Duration: 46 minutes (approx.)

This webinar will provide headteachers, subject leads, teachers and teaching assistants with an insight into assessment tools and best practice principles they can use to establish, develop and boost current reading and literacy skills in secondary school pupils who have fallen behind.

The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is a significant milestone in pupils’ education but the disruption caused by COVID-19 is likely to have widened gaps in reading skills. Research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and DfE both point towards a degree of learning loss and children who lack this vital quality in secondary school often feel the impact through every stage of their life.

In this webinar Philip Stock, Deputy Headteacher and Director of English at Greenshaw Research School, part of the Research Schools Network (a collaboration between the EEF and IEE), will explore assessment tools and strategies that schools can use to identify weak points in reading, develop supportive frameworks and implement innovative practice to help bridge the knowledge gap and improve pupil outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding effective techniques that schools can use to help support pupils who find reading and literacy in secondary phases challenging.

  • Recognising how to develop assessment and intervention strategies that are cross curricular and prioritise a more holistic approach to literacy and reading.

  • Identifying ways to accurately evaluate implementation strategies and best practice models in order to measure their levels of impact.

  • Understanding the evidence-base for improvement techniques which involve methods such as targeted vocabulary instructions, reading complex text and breaking down writing tasks.

  • Recognising how to adapt teaching methods for children who are most disadvantaged or need more targeted support and defining further steps to take.

Philip Stock

About The Expert

Philip Stock

EEF-funded research school director and literacy expert with over 15 years' teaching experience.
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