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Why science and literacy are the perfect match

With studies showing a correlation between scientific skills and attainment in reading and writing, this two-for-one deal is a real bargain, says Megan Dixon

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It should go without saying that a child’s level of attainment in reading and writing will have a direct effect on other areas of the curriculum. For subjects that are assessed through essay writing, the link is obvious, but what about the others?

Well, it seems to matter just as much. A 2017 report on achievement in science, by Terezinha Nunes and colleagues at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Royal Society, states that “in correlational studies of science learning, the strongest and most consistent predictor of pupils’ scientific attainment has undoubtedly been how literate they ...

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