The Impact of COVID-19 on School Starters: Parent and School Concerns About Children Starting School

Data from 50,000 pupils and a survey of schools across England have shown an increased number of four- and five-year-olds needing help with language.

This report by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) shows that there is growing evidence that the past year of lockdowns has had an impact on young children’s language skills. The School Starters study aims to explore the impact of the disruption caused by the pandemic on children’s transition and adjustment to Reception classes across England.

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