New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.
That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book.
The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton.
Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading.
Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.
The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).
As 1,000 books make a 10,000-mile journey across the world, the founder of a children’s literacy project has announced ambitious plans to partner the UK’s schools with South Africa to give children the gift of reading.
Alison Delaney, who founded Little Bird People Development, has put her coaching skills to a new test by creating ‘Dreams Workshops’ which aim to build confidence, self-belief and resilience in young people.
The KS2 reading test results have lit a proverbial bonfire! As a result, many schools are reflecting on and reviewing the way in which reading is taught.
A Leeds City College tutor has won a second publishing contract to create a series of comic books for low level reading.
Reassuringly, despite what was said a few years ago when children's publishers were beginning nervously to address the prospect of a digital revolution, books have taken on a newfound novelty for young readers, offering a tactile respite from the screens through which many of us now lead our lives. Nevertheless, the advent of digital should be seen as a fantastic opportunity to reach out to both target audiences and reluctant readers who might otherwise slip through the cracks.
Do you know a child who appears reluctant to read and lacks confidence in their literacy skills? Do they become nervous or stressed when reading to others in a group? If so, then perhaps you should consider inviting a therapy dog to your school.
Since the dawn of education, scribes have been creating educational resources by means of the written word, which have transformed into the creation of printed paperback and hardback books as time has progressed. Teachers and students have always used books for learning and as resources in class. However, they are becoming increasingly underused and underappreciated in education, with a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) revealing that over a fifth of school staff said their school library budget has been cut by at least 40 per cent since 2010.