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Bridging the ‘Word Gap’ – It Takes A Whole Community To Help A Child

Equipping pupils with the language needed to fully engage both in their lessons and with each other as they move into secondary school is vital for their success. While some may see language and vocabulary as a task for English teachers to tackle alone, in fact it must be a whole community effort, argues Alix Robertson

Moving from primary to secondary school is an important chapter in every child’s life, but alongside a wealth of opportunities it also brings new challenges. As a former English teacher and Year 7 form tutor, I know how this transition can impact on pupils. I have supported children grappling with moving from the comfortable, safe space of their primary school to a much bigger setting where navigating the campus alone can be daunting.

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