Some schools encourage children to read at home. Some children can read not not pronounce the words. Some schools actually check and number their books in stages so the children accomplish one stage at a time. I know a girl who is/was a few months ahead of the average in her class. She was sent to the library to read alone during some of the lessons. Doing that the teacher had no idea whether or not she was able to pronounce the words, also exactly what stage she was at. It isn’t that easy for a Mum to concentrate on a reception / year one child’s reading and feed a newborn at the same time when Dad is at work a few nights in a row. The girl is now in Year 3 and struggling learning her tables.
It isn’t easy to get a meeting with a teacher at some schools. They asked for one and were told there was to be a special afternoon/night in 5 weeks. They literally had to appeal to get an earlier meeting, not risk their daughter fall behind even further. There was issues with bullying which was possibly making learning more difficult too.

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Published 21st July 2019

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