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A recent report by the Social Market Foundation has discovered that children perform better in tests when they’ve had a routine of reading at home with a parent/carer.
The report found that young people who had not been read to before the age of five scored lower in reasoning tests. In response, the foundation have recommended after-school ‘family literacy’ classes in primary schools to encourage reading.
The suggestion has come under criticism from the General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, who feels parents may feel ‘patronised.’ Instead, he suggests encouraging the habit of reading at home. Schools would also need to factor in costs and funding with any after-school provision.
In recent years, reading time in school has increased in order to fill the gap left from the lack of engagement at home -sometimes from being unable to access books in the first place. Barton suggests that this only ‘reinforced the idea it was alien’ to the children.
The same report also found that attendance at parent’s evenings increased students’ verbal reasoning scores.
Reading is a great tool to build vocabulary banks, develop understanding of sentence structures, fluency, plot structures and best of all, inspire creativity and imagination.
With the summer fast approaching, there’s ample opportunity to get young people reading. Here are our top tips:
Do you have any tips for supporting reading at home?
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Jemma, is our Resource and Development leader here at Athona and is also a qualified teacher. During Jemma’s teaching career, she held the responsibility of Teaching and Learning Leader for key stage 3 English and was a mentor to a number of trainee teachers. Jemma spends her time regularly writing topical and latest industry blog posts and is the main point of contact for our international candidates. More recently, Jemma has been coordinating the training we provide to our teachers and schools.