Families reading on and getting on better together

8 September 2014

The goals of Save The Children’s Read On. Get On. campaign – for all children to read well at 11 by 2025 – will not be achieved unless all parents are given the skills and opportunities to read with their children. NIACE is pleased to see this as a campaign priority and suggests a stronger commitment to wider family learning will make a huge difference to children and adults’ reading abilities and will also help to break the intergenerational cycle of low levels of literacy.

Carol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“It is clearly an outrage that for a country with one of the largest economies in the world, there are so many people, of all ages who don’t have the literacy skills they need. This is a great initiative from Save The Children and all the coalition parties, because urgent action is needed.

“If we want all children to read well by the age of 11 then it is critical that parents and carers are able to support them to do that. However, if they aren’t confident enough in their own literacy, then they may not be able to help their children develop the skills they need. Parents are every child’s first and most important educator, so must be given every opportunity to improve their skills. As our recent Family Learning Inquiry found, a really effective way to do this would be to implement family learning in early years provision, so that all children start school with strong early language skills.

“We are also pleased to see Save The Children repeat our call for the Pupil Premium to fund family learning in schools. Family learning has a key role to play in ensuring every child is given a fair and equal chance to learn to read well, regardless of their background. This is a great opportunity to do something about how low literacy is blighting the lives of millions of people, something that has always been with us. Let’s hope it won’t be missed.”