A recent survey of primary teachers has highlighted an important snapshot of the challenges teachers face in addressing the issue of poor language skills.
The survey goes on to illustrate that three out of four teachers have seen children arriving in reception who struggle to speak in full sentences. This illustration is disappointingly echoed by our own members’ experiences.
The report goes on to say that eight out of ten teachers believe that investing more in the quality of preschool education is key to improving school results:
“We know from experience that investing in early years pays off in future years, with children more engaged, more confident readers and more able to readily access other challenges that the curriculum throws at them. It’s time to see education funding, including for early years, as an investment, not a cost.”
Data compiled over the last two terms from schools has shown that iCanRead has a direct impact on language skills particularly in the early years and SEN. The audio dictionary provides sound clips for all the phonemes and key words children need to know and the use of audio files via a tablet or mobile device brings these sounds direct to children and parents to support further learning. This is a means that has not been used before and is providing schools with a new tool to tackle this issue early.
We expect that in the course of a full year, schools that use iCanRead will see significant improvements in pupils at the Nursery and Reception age. This is a crucial learning period in young children’s lives and if we can support this then schools will benefit as children will enter KS1 and KS2 with much i
mproved levels of language that will underpin their learning and progress across the curriculum.