Read On. Get On. receives cross-party support
10 Apr 2015
We’re delighted to announce that the Read On. Get On (ROGO) goal has received cross-party support. The Liberal Democrats will include the headline 2025 goal in their manifesto, the Labour Party have now committed to the 2025 goal and this will appear in their education manifesto published today and the Conservative Party have given us a quote from David Cameron committing to the 2025 goal.
David Cameron, Prime Minister:
"The Conservatives represent every hardworking mother and father who wants to see their child succeed in a great school. These past five years we have been about getting changes in place which stretch our children, but also making sure that they master the basics. That’s why we absolutely back Read On, Get On’s ambition to eliminate illiteracy by 2025. We must make sure that every child gets the best start in life."
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party:
"I fully support the excellent ‘Read On. Get On.’ campaign. As a country we need to do more to support all children to reach a good standard of reading by the time they leave primary school. This is key to breaking the link between a child’s background and their future life chances and it requires all of us to play our part."
Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats:
“I am proud of the scale of our ambition. We are raising the bar on what children should be able to achieve by the age of eleven and want all children to get over the bar by 2025... It’s pretty hard to get on in life without being able to read and write, which is why the Liberal Democrats are committing to eliminating illiteracy by 2025.”
Dame Julia Cleverdon, Chair of the Read On. Get On. campaign said:
"This new cross-party political consensus on the importance of child literacy gives an unprecedented opportunity to bring together all sectors of society to back the mission to get all children reading well. With this political leadership and the support of the charities, teachers, nurseries, libraries and businesses backing the Read On. Get On. coalition, we can achieve the vision of every child in the country developing the reading skills they need to have a fair chance in life. To make these crucial commitments a reality, the new government will need in May to set out an urgent action plan to raise literacy levels - starting with new investment in nurseries to start building early words and reading skills to stop children falling behind before they even reach school."
The National Literacy Trust is a leading member of Read On. Get On., a coalition of charities, businesses, parents and teachers which aims to get all 11-year-olds reading well by 2025.