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New Course - Closing the Word Gap

New Course - Closing the Word Gap

Closing the Word Gap


The Oxford Expert Speaker Programme brings the best known experts in education to events across the UK to share new ways of thinking about teaching and learning.

Jean Gross‘s career in education as a teacher, an educational psychologist, author and an adviser to government is all about children who, don’t have much going for them in their lives, and need extra support and help.

The curriculum and assessment system now place heavy demands on children’s vocabulary knowledge. Schools are increasingly concerned about the implications for many of their children; government have made closing the word gap a key part of their strategy to increase social mobility. 

This practical half-day expert event, provided by the former government Communication Champion for children, provides a framework for effective action to build children’s language skills from early years to the end of primary school. It explores what we mean by the word gap, and why it matters. 

Showcasing effective approaches in schools and settings across the country, it summarises research on what helps children and young people develop breadth and depth of vocabulary, and highlights the importance of three key factors: a place to talk, a reason to talk and support for talk.

The session includes:
• the links between vocabulary and reading comprehension
• how to create communication-supportive classroom and school environments
• whole-class approaches to developing vocabulary and wider language skills
• choosing and implementing ‘catch-up’ strategies for those with limited language 
• good practice in supporting parents and carers to develop their children’s language skills


Who should attend?

Subject leaders, Literacy Coordinators and Senior Leader Team.

How many places are available?

Places are limited to one per school.


Registration for this event is from 8.45am

Refreshments and Lunch

Tea and coffee provided free of charge


This event is Sponsored by Oxford University Press

To book your free place click here