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NAHT comments on home learning summit and early years language skills

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds today hosts a summit of experts looking at the home learning environment and early years language acquisition, as the government launches projects to improve children's early language and literacy, and boost parents' confidence with home learning.

James Bowen, director of NAHT Edge, attending the summit today, said:

“In a recent NAHT survey of school leaders 86 per cent believed that school readiness has become worse over the past five years, and speech, language and communication issues were identified as the greatest concern, with 97 per cent identifying this as a problem and almost half (47 per cent) saying it was the most significant issue.

“So Damian Hinds is absolutely right to be looking at early intervention to help parents support children in this crucial area of development. Children’s early speech and language skills are the foundations upon which all future learning is built, and if children fall behind in the early years it can prove difficult, often impossible, for them to catch up later, even with additional help.

“NAHT is pleased to be present at the government’s summit today to share our members’ expertise in this area.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

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