Warning on Literacy Standards in Schools; 'Low Literacy Levels Entrench the Inequalities in Our Society'

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Warning on Literacy Standards in Schools; 'Low Literacy Levels Entrench the Inequalities in Our Society'


Byline: Gareth Evans Education Editor gareth.evans@walesonline.co.uk

AROUND 26,000 children in Wales are at risk of leaving primary school unable to read well over the course of the next Assembly, according to a coalition set up to raise levels of literacy.

The "Read On. Get On" campaign believes that decisive action must be taken in the next five years to allow children, particularly those from low-income homes, to fulfil their potential.

The coalition, which consists of charities, education unions and support groups, is urging every political party, ahead of May's Assembly election, to sign up to their ambitious goal of ensuring that by 2025 every child is able to read well by the time they finish primary school.

The group will today reveal research which suggests that without increased action to get all children reading well, the attainment gap between deprived children and their peers will be harder to close.

They said it would mean that children, particularly those who grow up in poverty, will face barriers at every stage in their education, with serious knock-on effects for their future prospects.

Extensive research shows that children who read well by 11 do better at school, get better exam results and do better in the workplace.

By contrast, the poorest children are half as likely to have the qualifi-cations they need to go on to further study.

The group recognised there had been progress in closing the achievement gap in Wales in recent years, but warned there was still much to do.

The "Read On. Get On" coalition is calling for further and targeted investment in the early years' workforce, including specialist support in language and communication, as well as strengthening support for parents to read at home.

Mary Powell-Chandler, chairwoman of the "Read On. Get On" coalition and head of Save the Children in Wales, said: "Until we succeed in giving every child in Wales the support they need to read well, thousands of turn to page 4 from front page children will continue to struggle through their education with limited opportunities to learn and succeed.

"Low levels of literacy have long-term consequences for the resilience of our communities, the capacity of our workforce and our national economy, as well as contributing to the entrenched inequalities in our society between poorer children and their peers.

"We know that this is a challenging ambition, but it is wholly achievable and within our grasp if we focus our efforts.

"The National Assembly for Wales election presents a momentous opportunity to galvanise action for the poorest children. Where there is political will and support from the start, great strides can be made over the next five years."

The coalition's report shows that the loss to the UK economy due to workforce illiteracy is projected to be PS81. …

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