The DfE’s plan, ‘Reading: the next steps, supporting higher standards in schools’, sets out four strategies: the Phonics Partnership Grant Programme (a £10,000 grant for good schools to support other schools with phonics teaching); a government funded programme to support schools to set up KS2 book clubs; library membership for all Y3 pupils; and continuing government support for the recitation competition ‘Poetry by Heart’.
Whilst wholly endorsing systematic phonics teaching, most English experts agree that reading involves so much more than decoding groups of letters from left to right. Book groups and library membership are of significant value when encouraging children to read for pleasure and there is still more that can be done to achieve the ‘Read on. Get on’ goal of every child reading well by the time they leave primary school.
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