Close to one in four children can’t read well by the age of 11, rising to two in five among children from low-income families, so says ‘Read On. Get On’ a campaign supported by Save the Children.
The campaign advocates four areas necessary for children to ‘read well’ by age 11 by 2025: celebrating the enjoyment of reading; establishing good early language skills; support and autonomy for primary schools; and support for families. What more can schools do? Sheffield has had great results running structured language programmes in EYFS settings.
Early intervention programmes for reading, identifying pupils for support in year one, are also key. This survey of children’s early literacy practice at home is worth a look too. Find support here and here.