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How to give your students a love of reading

The Covid pandemic has hit reading levels among many secondary school students. Dr Sarah McGeown shares some tips to help teachers instil a reading culture in your classroom and give pupils a love of reading


As the end of the autumn term slowly comes into view, it is an important time to reflect on how pupils are progressing this autumn.

The 2022/23 academic term presents a unique mixture of challenges for teachers and their students – from the impact of the cost-of-living crisis to the long-lasting effects of the pandemic on pupil attainment.

Research by Renaissance and the Education Policy Institute for the Department for Education (DfE, 2022) found that by the end of the first half of the 2021/22 autumn term secondary school pupils were on average 2.4 months behind in reading and learning losses had increased by 0.5 months since the end of the summer term 2021.

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