Assessing core language skills at the beginning of secondary school in the Born-in-Bradford cohort



Partners and collaborators

Centre for Applied Education Research

Postgraduate students

Lydia Gunning (postdoctoral researcher)


We will assess the core grammar skills, reading comprehension and narrative abilities of Year 7 pupils in Bradford. This will allow us to investigate the impact of deprivation and having English-as-Additional-Language on language outcomes, as a first step towards providing a benchmark to inform schools’ language assessment at the onset of KS3. We will compare different testing modalities (face-to-face online, face-to-face in person, or automatised online) and evaluate the impact of testing modality on pupils’ engagement and performance.

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