MP Lucy Powell visits our Bradford Hub following positive first year report on literacy attitudes in the district

20 Apr 2016

The Shadow Secretary of State for Education is visiting our National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford today. Lucy Powell MP’s visit follows the publication of encouraging reports on local children’s literacy skills from a survey on the Hub’s work.

The survey of 1,172 pupils from seven schools in Bradford explored children and young people’s communication, reading and writing skills. It shows that since the launch of our Bradford Hub in 2014, pupils enjoy reading more and read and write more frequently. By the end of October 2015, compared to their peers regionally and nationally, more of Bradford’s young people aged 8-16 wrote something daily which is not for school. Also, more children in Bradford agree that if they are good readers, they will get a better job when they grow up.

Generally, attitudes towards writing have remained stable, however some perceptions have changed; for example, fewer pupils see writing as a gendered activity for girls. These improvements align with the targeted work of the Bradford Hub to transform attitudes and behaviours towards reading and writing among children and young people, particularly those of boys and children whose first language is not English.

Accompanied by Bradford council’s executive member for education, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Lucy Powell is visiting St Edmunds Nursery School and Children’s Centre services to meet some of the Bradford Hub's key partners, along with families who have benefited from the work. These include staff at the centre who have worked with the Hub to help fathers take a more active role in their children’s literacy development and the dads themselves.

Imran Hafeez, the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager said:

“We are delighted to see such encouraging results emerging from the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford after its first year of activity. It’s fantastic to have the support of MP Lucy Powell who will learn how the impact of the targeted literacy support we have delivered in schools and the community is taking shape.

Thanks to the valuable support of Bradford’s schools, children’s centres and partners, we’ve successfully raised awareness of the importance of literacy and encouraged reading and writing for enjoyment among Bradford’s young people. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, as results show that there is scope for improvement in children’s writing enjoyment, frequency, confidence and attitudes, particularly for boys.

We are looking forward to seeing even more positive developments in Bradford’s literacy levels through our vital work which ensures that literacy support reaches children and families who need it most.”

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education Lucy Powell MP said:

“It’s great to visit the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford and see the joint working going on between Bradford Council, the National Literacy Trust and partners to raise the game on literacy. This is a good project getting results and tackling some of the problems of underachievement in the district. Engaging parents in Bradford will help drive up standards in schools with the whole community working together to give children the best start.”

Read Children and Young People’s Reading in Bradford 2015.
Read Children and Young People’s Writing in Bradford 2015.
Read Children and Young People’s Communication Skills in Bradford 2015.