Improving language and literacy skills for children aged 3-6

Hastings primary schools are facing significant challenges in the area of literacy, which is
causing children to fall behind their peers from the start of their schooling. In 2016:

– Only 63% of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) met the expected standard in
phonics at age six compared with 69% of FSM pupils nationally.- By the end of key stage 1 (age seven), achievement in reading was slightly below the
national average and significantly lower for disadvantaged pupils.
– Pupils made less progress in reading between key stage 1 and key stage 2 than their
peers across England.
– More than half of disadvantaged pupils (54%) left primary school with a reading level
below the expected standard.

What are we doing to improve this?

Fourteen primary schools are involved in a programme to improve language and literacy
skills for children aged 3-6 in Hastings and St Leonards. The programme consists of:
– Providing development courses for all Early Years Foundation Stage Teachers.
– Improved and increased training to Teaching Assistants
– Increased resources to give struggling children additional support.
– Supporting parents to assist their children’s language and literacy development at
home.