Funding provided to boost early language skills amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Funding provided to boost early language skills amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education has announced that reception-age children are to benefit from an up to £9m package of funding to boost their early language skills due to the disruption to education caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding will be used to provide ‘one-to-one and small-group support for five-year-olds whose spoken language skills may have suffered as a result of the pandemic’. The investment makes up part of the National Tutoring Programme, which itself forms part of the government’s £1bn coronavirus catch-up package announced in June 2020. All state funded school that has a reception class will be invited to apply for this support, with priority given to schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils.

Source: Early years support package to help close Covid language gap

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