Key Voices #83 – Focussing on reading with Alex Quigley

“Children are now falling behind the level of our grandparents’ generation, and literacy may be seen to be on the slide.” 

This week we talk to Alex Quigley, author of both ‘The Reading Gap’ and ‘The Vocabulary Gap’. Alex speaks in more detail about these “gaps” and the impact they are having on our education system. We discuss the impact of technology and remote learning on children’s reading. We also consider the role of accountability in closing the reading gap and the different ways in which children with SEND might need support with reading. 

Finally, we ask Alex how he might, with unlimited power and funding, solve some of these seemingly impossible challenges for the sector and society. 

A link to Ending the Reading Wars can be found here 

You can learn more about Alex’s work here

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