Leadership

Breaking the Generational Cycle of Low Literacy

One in three children leave primary school with a reading level that is below national expectations, with profound consequences for both the child and society. It doesn’t have to be this way, argues Jonathan Douglas.
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England is facing a serious literacy crisis. Last year, one child in three left primary school unable to read and write to the level expected for their age; rising to one child in two from disadvantaged backgrounds. Young people in England aged 16 to 24 have among the lowest literacy levels internationally and, what’s more, 5.1 million adults in England don’t have the reading and writing skills expected of an 11-year-old. 

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