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Cressida Cowell supports the Read On. Get On. campaign to narrow the gender gap in children’s reading

05 Dec 2018

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The Read On. Get On. (ROGO) campaign has published a new report today which reveals that children's enjoyment of reading (74.7%) and daily reading levels (50.5%) are lagging worryingly behind their reading skills (85.7%).

The report, ROGO Index 2018, also found that girls continue to outperform boys in all areas of reading, despite the gender gap in children’s reading enjoyment narrowing since the coalition launched in 2014.

To help close the gender gap in children’s reading enjoyment and get more children reading on a daily basis, the ROGO coalition has published a best practice guide for primary schools containing a range of different activities and initiatives.

Our wonderful author ambassador, Cressida Cowell, has also created a set of exciting reading for enjoyment posters to support the campaign, including:

  • An eye-catching poster for Key Stage 1 pupils filled with Cressida's top tips for reading and colourful illustrations by Neal Layton from their Emily Brown picture books
  • An engaging poster for Key Stage 2 pupils featuring Cressida's top tips for discovering the magic of reading and her fantastic illustrations from The Wizards of Once series
  • A top tips leaflet for parents containing achievable advice on how to encourage and support children's reading at home

We hold the secretariat for the ROGO coalition, which comprises 12 charities and educational organisations with the aim of getting all children in England reading well by the time they leave primary school.

“The relationship between children’s enjoyment of reading, how often they read outside school and their academic attainment is critical. Despite positive trends in boys’ reading enjoyment, children’s overall levels of reading enjoyment and daily reading levels continue to lag behind their reading skills. To give children the best possible opportunities in life, we must close this gap. It’s time to put reading for enjoyment at the heart of our children’s lives.”

Our Director, Jonathan Douglas
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