Save the Children's reading campaign 'Read on. Get On.' has released a new report. The report seeks to influence the next government to make dramatic changes to children's attainment in reading.
“England has the highest level of inequality in reading levels between better-off and less affluent children in Europe, with the exception of Romania.”
The report recognises the impact of phonics and says more needs to be done for pre-school children and children aged seven plus.
For pre-school children, more money should be invested in recruiting graduates to nurseries and more support given to parents to build a 'reading centric' home environment.
For primary school children, the government says that more needs to be done to build on the progress made by five to seven year-olds in decoding. Research into effective teaching strategies for older children needs to take place and should be lead by an independent review panel. View our integrated approach to the teaching of reading.