Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report

This Oxford University Press report reveals evidence of a significant word gap which is adversely affecting children’s learning. Teachers surveyed also believe the issue is becoming an increasingly disruptive trend.

The Oxford Language Report reveals that the word gap remains stubbornly high throughout primary and secondary schools. This is significant because whilst language development is a key focus in early years education, relatively little research has been conducted into language deficit as children progress through secondary education. Additionally, whilst this issue may historically have been considered to primarily affect specific student groups, such as those receiving free school meal (FSM) funding or those with English as an additional language(EAL), the teachers who took part in this survey were most likely to say that vocabulary deficit is a general problem and is not specific to any one group of pupils. 

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