Despite the alarming statistics, I am hopeful.
If, as the Read On, Get On campaign suggests, 20% of students arrive at secondary school reading well behind the level that they should, then potentially there are over 600, 000 students in the UK whose future attainment will be limited by poor reading. What is particularly alarming is that the campaign suggests that 40% of poor children fall into this category.
Sometimes that sense of the scale of the problem can be very discouraging, but the reason I have been able to keep going is because there is hope. A large body of research has been…
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