THE FACTS: An international study shows that, by the age of 16, students who read for half an hour a day are, on average, one school year ahead of those who do not.
It is a common misconception that reading is simply the responsibility of the English Department. But it isn’t. The more students read, the better they become at it and that means that students can manage the particular demands of every subject on the curriculum and develop communication skills in everyday life.
Good Literacy Raises Standards
In England, students now face much longer examination questions in all subjects, which require students to structure and organise their responses. This places a significant demand on students’ literacy skills. They need to be able to read well in order to stand a chance of doing well.
These are some of the many reasons that, from September 2013 all students will be expected to read for 20 minutes during form time.
Ultimately, if students can read well and with confidence and knowledge, they stand a much greater chance of accessing a wider curriculum, succeeding in their assessments and in life. And that, surely, is good for everyone.
To help launch this initiative, we have Mr Houchen talking about some of his favourite books and why he loves to read.
The video below is Mr Houchen outlining what he thinks about reading and the importance it can hold. An interview with Mr Houchen will also follow shortly.