Today has seen the launch of The Power of Reading a report aimed at the next government and prepared on behalf of the Read On Get On campaign. Our CEO, Sue Wilkinson, highlights the main points and lends The Reading Agency's support to its recommendations.
The Reading Agency is a member of the Read On Get On campaign coalition and we welcome the call to action and the drive to ensure that by 2025 all children are able to read well by the age of 11.
The report focuses, in the main, about what needs to happen in nurseries and schools to ensure that this vision can be achieved. It highlights the importance of good quality early education and calls for early years graduates in every nursery to ensure that this can happen. It also calls for a new strategy for improving the teaching of reading comprehension especially for older primary school children.
The report rightly stresses the need for a greater focus on children from disadvantaged backgrounds highlighting the personal implications for them of falling behind and the longer term impact on the economy and on society as a whole.
Critically though the report also stresses the importance of celebrating the joy of reading.
This is what shapes all of the work which we at The Reading Agency do with children, young people and families. It is why all of the shared reading programmes we develop and run with our public library partners are designed to operate outside the formal school day. It is also why we do so much work adults helping them to develop their reading skills so that they have both the capacity to read to and with their children and can act as role models for them.
We know the difference the programmes we and our partners in the coalition run but we also recognise the scale of the challenge.
It is why we would welcome the commitment and support the report is seeking from government. We very much hope that the priorities outlined here are reflected in new government policy - we think they would make a massive difference.
Read the full report to find out more
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