Commission finds three-quarters of schools are concerned about boys' reading
2 Jul 2012
The Boys’ Reading Commission findings published today reveal that three out of four (76%) UK schools are concerned about boys’ underachievement in reading despite no Government strategy to address the issue. Last year an estimated 60,000 boys failed to reach the expected level in reading at age 11.
The All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group Commission’s report compiled by the National Literacy Trust reveals the “reading gender gap” is widening and says action needs to be taken in homes, schools and communities, with recommendations including boys having weekly access to male reading role models.
MPs and Lords who sat on the Commission heard evidence from teachers, boys, literacy experts and children’s authors Michael Rosen and Anthony Horowitz.
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