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Tackling common reading barriers

The reading gap is urgent and visible. Alex Quigley identifies some common barriers and offers advice on how we can tackle them in the classroom

All teachers recognise the importance and value of reading. It is the gateway to the school curriculum and those pupils that cannot read well go on to struggle academically.

Despite this shared understanding, many teachers are still not confident on how to teach reading and help struggling pupils overcome reading barriers.

The reading gap is urgent and visible to us all. The evidence is stark: in 2019, only 73 per cent of year 6 pupils reached “expected standard” for reading in the key stage 2 SATs. Fast forward a few years and you can see those very same pupils struggle in their GCSEs.

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