Boris Johnson plans to increase “emergency literacy” the influence of Covid on children’s reading skills
Boris Johnson Plans To Boost ‘Emergency Literacy’ As Shock Figures Reveal Hundreds Of Thousands Of Elementary School Students Attending High School Who Cannot Read Properly Due To Covid
- 200,000 primary school students could go to secondary school with poor literacy
- Boris Johnson expected to unveil a new four-year “contingency plan” in May
- English students have lost more than 800 million class hours as a result of the closure
Boris Johnson plans a ‘contingency plan’ to improve children’s reading standards after shock numbers reveal the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on literacy.
After spending months of the past year at home, as many as 200,000 elementary school students were able to attend high school in September without meeting the required level.
The figure, including an increase of 30,000 people struggling with literacy during the pandemic, prompted the prime minister to draft a four-year improvement plan.
It will be outlined in a speech late next month after Parliament’s official state opening on May 11, reported the Sunday Times
It said education czar Sir Kevan Collins ‘fired up a missile’ at a meeting last week.
Sir Kevan has already publicly suggested that the school day could be extended to help students recover from the coronavirus crisis.
The government has announced that high schools will receive funding to run summer schools for the students who need extra classes the most.
Ministers have considered a wide variety of options as part of their recovery plans, including longer school days and shorter summer vacations, but neither proposal is included in the details outlined last month.
The prime minister (pictured in a kindergarten in London) is expected to set out a four-year improvement plan late next month in a speech following the official state opening of parliament on May 11.
Education Tsar Sir Kevan Collins has ‘rocketed’ officials at a rally last week about the scale of effort needed to improve literacy
A source told the Sunday Times: ‘Ensuring that children can read and write well and have the skills they need to thrive is central to the prime minister.
‘We know that the coronavirus has caused enormous damage to people’s lives. We have to be honest about what happens next. ‘
Johnson prioritized reopening the school according to his roadmap not to lock. They were the first institutions to reopen on March 8.
In February, outgoing children’s commissioner Anne Logfield warned that children in England would have lost 850 million hours of personal teaching by then.
In a blunt assessment of government policy, the outgoing commissioner warned the prime minister that his plan to “ level ” Britain would remain “ just a slogan ” unless he brings in cash on a massive scale.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has already announced a £ 700 million Covid catch-up package, including summer classes to help students recoup lost time in class.
Yesterday, he told a union conference that investing in the next generation of teachers is “critical” to the government’s long-term recovery plans and crucial to closing the learning gap between children.
In a prerecorded speech at the NASUWT Education Union conference, Mr. Williamson said empowering staff to deliver quality education to “motivate a new generation is more important than ever.”
During the virtual conference on Saturday, Mr. Williamson said: “ After all the disruptions to our schools, including teacher education, over the past year, we have invested in our next generation of teachers and enabled them to provide quality education to a new generation inspiring and motivating is more important than ever and crucial to our long-term recovery plans.
“It’s also central to closing the performance gap that the pandemic has cruelly exposed between disadvantaged students and their peers.”
The government has made available £ 1.7 billion in funding in England to help children who have faced disruptions during the closure of schools and universities.
As part of the recovery package, summer courses are being introduced this year for students who need them most, while tutoring programs are being expanded.