A new report
revealing the literacy levels of constituencies across the UK has concluded
that ‘local action’ is key to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge.
The report, entitled Reading England's Future: Mapping how well the poorest children read compares poor children’s reading ability at age 11 across the country’s 533 parliamentary constituencies.
The research was published by Read On. Get On. – a coalition comprised of charities, parents, teachers and businesses which launched earlier this year in response to the UK’s reading challenge. The charity behind the Bradford Literacy Campaign, the National Literacy Trust is a leading partner of the coalition, which calls for commitment to the goal of getting all children reading well at age 11 by 2015. Reading well means children can read, understand and discuss stories, such as Harry Potter.
The report concludes that local communities, schools and parents will need to ‘own’ the Read on. Get on. ambition to achieve change and that businesses and the whole of society need to play a role by creating ‘reading towns and cities, which critically, bring together schools and early years services’.
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust says:
“This report recommends the creation of reading towns and cities and shows that the Bradford Literacy Campaign is taking the necessary steps to achieve the Read on .Get on. campaign’s crucial goal of getting all children reading well at 11.
Our continued work with local partners to champion reading in the community and focus on early years services will make a difference to many Bradford families but we still have a long way to go. Our ‘literacy hub’ approach here in Bradford and also in Middlesbrough and Peterborough understands that schools, pre-school professionals, local and national government and businesses all play an important role in celebrating the joy of reading .”
You can read the report here.