100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge Matters

Too many children are leaving primary schools unable to read well. Everyone can make an impact urges Sonia Blandford.
children reading book together

Last summer one in four children left primary school unable to read well (DfE, 2017). This means that over 150,000 children started secondary school in the Autumn without the basic reading skills needed to access the curriculum. For many of these children, without  gaining fluency in reading, they may never catch up; they enter secondary school with low self- esteem and a lack of confidence in their own abilities. By the time they leave secondary school, their chances of a successful and fulfilling life will have been greatly reduced; some will not have mastered the basic levels of literacy to gain sustainable employment. Too many children in this country are being left behind at a young age. It does not have to be like this; with the right approach in school and the support of their parents and carers, the multiple barriers that some children face are easily disassembled. We know that getting children reading from a young age and into the habit of reading every day, will help to improve their imagination and communication skills and brighten their future prospects. 

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