Reading for Enjoyment

On 19th July Eve Bearne attended the Reading for Enjoyment summit, hosted by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Booktrust and The Reading Agency. The summit was introduced by the education journalist from the Independent, Steve Richards. Viv Bird of Booktrust, Jonathan Douglas of the National Literacy Trust, and Miranda McKearney of The Reading Agency, issued the following joint statement: “We are united in our belief that encouraging children to read for enjoyment is a crucial component in the drive to meet the UK's huge literacy challenge. The Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, says that Britain's children still lag a year behind their counterparts in Europe. With literacy skills becoming more and more important for our economic success, the time for action is now”. “We welcome the increasing recognition of the importance of reading for enjoyment in Ofsted's Moving English Forward report and the Government's draft curriculum for primary schools, and will be working together to provide practical and inspiring support to help respond to this increased focus”. Take part in the consultation on reading for enjoyment. This consultation is being carried out by Booktrust with the support of National Literacy Trust and The Reading Agency: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/consultation See the link below to an excellent free document produced by Pearson with ‘Michael Rosen’s 20 point plan for reading for pleasure’: http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Primary/GlobalPages/Reading-for-Pleasure/Reading-for-Pleasure.aspx

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