Every year in England, thousands of children leave primary school without the confidence and fluency in reading that they need. New assessment arrangements introduced in summer 2016 show only 66% of 11-year-olds reading at the expected level.
This problem is reinforcing social and ethnic inequality and holding our economy back. The vital importance of teaching phonics and comprehension in schools needs to be complemented by approaches that help every child to engage with and develop a love of reading.
Read On. Get On. was launched in 2014 by a coalition of charities and education organisations committed to improving reading levels in the UK. The campaign is now at a crossroads.
Therefore, we are proposing a different kind of a strategy and a new type of campaign which builds on the expertise of teachers and the strengths of settings, schools, libraries and the third sector, and which mobilises society.
A background literature review supported the development of the strategy. Download the review here.