UK Literacy

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Why We Need to Get Children Reading

Arlene Phillips | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arlene Phillips

I was a war child and I was born into a poor family. Growing up was tough and I know what it is like to struggle. I also know how lucky I am to have got to where I am today. This is why I think if you are in a position to give back, you should...

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Harry Potter and the Young Author's Dilemma

Cerrie Burnell | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Cerrie Burnell

It's a request from The Sun newspaper that's come via my agent- this is what it says. Our features editor is looking for an author to write the chapter JK Rowling didn't- the magical moment when Harry and Hermione got together. We are looking for roughly 1300 words all about that special moment...

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

The Global Learning Crisis Is Costing $129Billion a Year

Pauline Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

Worldwide, millions of children are failing to learn the basics. Children who already face disadvantage - girls, the poor, the disabled those in rural areas, are being hit the hardest.

Impact Investing - Leading By Example

Joe Ludlow | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

It's now five years since the financial crisis, and still the old financial service providers are letting us down, even the alleged ethical ones.

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

Teaching to the Test, or Teaching for Success?

Chris Jones | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

At face value, the results of the OECD's PISA survey out this week are concerning. Overall the UK ranked 26th out of 65 countries. We were 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. The results have led to political bickering between the Coalition and Labour, each blaming the other for the UK's results.

John Armitt - Remaking Education To Make Young People Work-Ready

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

The economy has changed beyond all description in recent years. Unfortunately schools and the university curricula haven't. This has caused massive ...

'Shocking' Report Shows Young People's Skills Lowest In Developed World

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Significant action" needs to be taken as the UK's young people are falling behind the rest of the world in basic literacy and numeracy skills, it has...

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

Are We Missing Something? Increasing Literacy and Reducing Poverty

Emily McCoy | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Emily McCoy

As politicians and Think Tanks start shaping future policy ahead for the 2015 General Election, we argue that literacy should become a priority for policies to tackle Child Poverty and social exclusion.

Diversity and Adaptability Are Vital in Helping Children Who Are Struggling With Reading

Sue Porto | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Porto

The pleasures and benefits of reading are still denied to many children - in 2012, one in eight left primary school unable to read to the required standard. Beanstalk trains volunteers to give one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with their reading, using the delights of storytelling to enthuse and enrich them.

Ten of the Best Toddler Reads for World Book Day

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Zoe Armstrong

There is, I hear, a thing called 'extreme reading'. From what I can tell, this involves being photographed wielding a book in an odd - preferably unco...

Don't Judge the Reader by the Book Cover

Cathy Rentzenbrink | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cathy Rentzenbrink

This feeling that reading is for the elite, the people who get it, is so damaging. Not only in excluding those who don't read that often but particularly to the one in six adults of working age in the UK who struggle with literacy.

Literacy Odds Are Stacked Against Poor Children

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The analysis of tests undertaken in 2009 has found that on average across OECD countries, disadvantaged students are twice as likely to be among the poorest performers in reading compared to better-off pupils.

How Can We Get Children Reading?

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

In recent years, children's reading across all formats from books and magazines to websites has dropped significantly. Our research published last September revealed that only three young people in 10 read daily in their own time, compared with four young people in 10 in 2005.

Comics - Reaching the Parts Other Literature Can't Reach

Hannah Berry | Posted 12.01.2013 | Home
Hannah Berry

Fortunately, little by little, comics are creeping into national consciousness. It's accepted that the comic format can and regularly does have the same depth as a prose novel. Though tensions are still high in places, the graphic novel at least is broadly accepted as an equal citizen in the literary world.

Teens Are Plugged in Readers

Megan Holm | Posted 04.12.2012 | Home
Megan Holm

I am in my late teens and I am dyslexic. When I was 10 years old I struggled to read and hated the books we studied in class as they were all so boring, but I loved the books my mum read to me and soon figured out that if I could read well enough I could read whatever I liked. Now I have a library of over 400 books on my iPod and read for an average of fourteen hours a week.

Children Find Books 'Embarrassing' And Are Reading Less

PA | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home

Today's children are reading less than seven years ago as their time is taken up with other activities, research suggests. It is not just novels th...

Youth Unemployment: I Wanted to Use Poetry to Speak for Myself

Benjamin Zephaniah | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin Zephaniah

When I left school at 13, I didn't know my future would be in poetry - that's something that developed over time. Many other young people don't know what direction they want to steer their lives in and this is where I think Job Ready will really make a really big difference to lives.

E-Readers Not Libraries 'Encouraging Children To Read'

PA | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

E-readers and tablet computers encourage youngsters to read, a survey of parents suggests. It reveals that parents believe that these gadgets help ...

Drawing the Imagination...

Kate Pankhurst | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Pankhurst

Drawing and literacy go hand in hand, we are all familiar with illustrated books, but it doesn't stop there. Drawing has the power to increase understanding, enjoyment and engagement across the curriculum.