Tackling summer reading regression

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Literacy, News

As children across the UK start their summer holidays, it is important for parents and carers to be aware that reading and learning regression can occur while pupils are out of school.

In simple terms, reading regression is when a student loses reading accuracy, fluency or comprehension skills due to not reading regularly during the school break. After so much disruption over previous years, it’s important that we all try to minimise the regressive impact of time away from school, so that as pupils return to school in September/October, they’re able to make progress.

Encouraging reading and literacy activities over the summer can help to prevent reading regression. This includes reading for fun or reading aloud with family members, as well as engaging in online reading resources such as books, articles and audiobooks. There are also games and puzzles that pupils can take part in to help with reading skills.

To do our part, we’ve launched the Summer UK Read Aloud Challenge, to encourage children to read aloud on their tablets, to  maintain the momentum of the previous term, and keep up their practice. There will be rewards for top readers to keep them motivated over the 5-6 weeks.

It’s just one of a number of preventative measures that teachers, parents and carers can put in place, to help their students succeed in reading over the summer holidays, which will then support them into the new school year.

For more information on reading regression prevention, teachers can visit the National Literacy Trust‘s website for advice and reading resources.