Children Behind in Speech and Understanding due to Lockdown
- Up to 1.5 million children face being left behind in their capacity to speak and understand following the disruption caused by the pandemic
- A majority of teachers are worried that children who are behind may not be able to catch up
- The governments in England, Scotland, and Wales are spending more than £3bn on plans to help pupils catch up
- A survey by communication charity I CAN reported that 67% of secondary school teachers believe the children they teach are behind on their speaking and/or understanding
- 60% of the same group said they were worried that pupils would not be able to catch up
- Jane Harris, I CAN chief executive said: “For 1.5 million children to be struggling to be able to speak and to understand what is being said to them should be a wake-up call to the government and the education sector
- You can read more here.