Today the National Literacy Trust published the below article in collaboration with ‘Read on. Get on.’, ‘The Power of Reading’ and the IFS, and the findings are interesting and further the case of the importance of early reading. iCL are also firm advocates of “encouraging the public to join the drive to get all children reading.”
The importance of reading, at any age, cannot be underestimated, however this research crucially highlights the importance of prioritising early reading. Reading is key to a child’s development and underpins all their learning and therefore, in turn, paves the way for future success.
Reading is also the cornerstone for success for all children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Success and progress in reading allows these children to close the gap and catch up with more advantaged peers and improve their educational outcomes and life chances. It is also vital that we remember that this is the job for everyone, the child, parents and schools, to work together and tackle this issue.
With the upcoming election, education is once again high on the agenda, and many organisations are calling for future governments to invest more in early years education, with a specific focus on improving reading levels, ensuring all children leave school able to read and have the best skills to succeed in life.
The stark “fact that 1 in 3 disadvantaged children leave primary school unable to read well” is worrying and unfair and only fuels the iCL fire to help in any way we can to tackle this and give all children engagement, fun and education through the power of reading.