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Closing the Word Gap

Help to Close the Word Gap

The Oxford Language Report has found evidence of a significant word gap in UK schools which is holding back children's learning. Find out how you can help.

Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Langauge Report 2018. Download now.

To better understand the word gap and the impact of school closures on vocabulary we’ve carried out a poll with UK teachers*:

  • 92% of teachers think school closures and remote learning will contribute to a widening of the word gap
  • 73% of teachers said that the impact on their student’s vocabulary development will be significant
  • 68% said that those under 7 will be most affected

Sign up to be a Word Gap Partner School using the primary and secondary links below and receive our NEW REPORT focusing on primary to secondary school transition and the impact of recent closures, coming Autumn 2020.

See below our wealth of resources to support you in closing the word gap in your school, including resources to share with parents and carers at home.

*Teacher poll conducted by Oxford University Press with the Educational Research Forum

Primary schools

Resources for your Primary School

Secondary schools

Resources for Secondary Schools

Early years and primary language resources

Word Sparks

We’ve combined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed in school with fully-decodable books that help you match your phonics teaching and reading practice, while inspiring and engaging your young readers.

Nuffield Early Language Intervention

Address the word gap right at the very start with this 20-week programme for children in their first year of primary school who show weakness in their oral language skills

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Reading and writing right from the start

Oxford Levels

Our Oxford Levels system means you can accurately match children to the right book, and are correlated with the Oxford Reading Criterion Scale so you can assess and identify next steps

Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl is packed with the tools and expert advice you need for monitoring progress and motivating your children

PX Code

Proven reading intervention for children in Years 2–4 who are a year or more behind in their word reading

Oxford Children's Dictionaries

Encourage a love of words and language with our range of dictionaries, thesauruses and free online resources specially compiled to meet the demands of the school curriculum

Numicon

This concrete-pictorial-abstract approach encourages children to explore maths using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts.

Secondary English language resources

Catapult

Support for students who are below expected standards at the start of secondary school, helping students to develop their skills and approach their examinations with confidence

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

A successful reading and writing intervention programme developed by Ruth Miskin to rescue pupils age 9 and above who are below age-related expectations

Ignite English

Encourages KS3 students to build their vocabulary and aims to show how the study of English relates to the real world. For KS3 from a trusted author team including Geoff Barton

Rollercoasters

A vast array of genres, novelists, and challenging subject-matter, accompanied by free online teaching resources

Playscripts

The ideal way to introduce your 11-14 students to thought-provoking, challenging and accessible, classic and modern plays, and the act of reading aloud in the classroom

Oxford Children's Dictionaries

Encourage a love of words and language with our range of dictionaries, thesauruses and free online resources specially compiled to meet the demands of the school curriculum

To 14

Enables students to develop lasting confidence in essential reading, writing and comprehension skills

19th Century Dictionary

This browsable and unique dictionary explains the interesting words found in 19th century texts studied at secondary school

Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

Provides students with invaluable support while they read and understand Shakespeare's plays

RSC School Shakespeare

Working in partnership with the RSC, this series is ideal for introducing your 11-14 year old students to Shakespeare's world

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