Oxfordshire set to get reading

Published 25 September 2012

The Oxfordshire Reading Campaign, designed to improve the standards of reading amongst primary age children, has launched.

Oxfordshire Reading Campaign logo

Oxfordshire County Council has commissioned the National Literacy Trust to work with 81 local primary schools and improve standards of reading of Year 2 pupils (7 year olds).

Tackling literacy concerns

The county's reading standards amongst primary age children are currently lower than expected, with results in Key Stage 1 causing particular concern. The National Literacy Trust will work to improve reading levels through a comprehensive package of professional development support and exciting new resources for early reading.

Volunteering

The Oxfordshire Reading Campaign will also feature a volunteering programme which will join up with existing volunteering work in local schools. This will provide pupils with one-to-one volunteer support, measuring increases in confidence and engagement in reading.

Why is literacy so important?

Research has shown that those with good literacy skills are more likely to have higher self-esteem, better health, better jobs and higher wages than those with poor literacy skills. By fostering a culture of reading and a love of books children will have a better chance of future success.

University support

The scheme has support from Edge Hill University who will be providing professional development support for schools, and from Oxford University Press who will be providing a discount on the chosen intervention programme, Project X CODE.

Working with parents and schools

Abigail Moss of the National Literacy Trust said: “We are looking forward to working with school communities to not only raise standards in reading for children in Oxfordshire, but to work with children to develop a love of reading.

We want the whole community to get involved with improving literacy in the county. Parent engagement is crucial to the success of this campaign and we would encourage local parents to support the campaign by visiting www.oxfordshirereading.co.uk where they can find practical tips to enhance their child's reading experience.”

Oxfordshire Councillor Melinda Tilley added: “It's really important that we work to improve literacy in the county to give our children the best possible start in life and a successful future.

We hope local schools and parents will rally behind the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign so we can make significant improvements both to children’s enjoyment of reading and to their exam results.”

For the latest campaign news or to find out how to volunteer with the programme visit www.oxfordshirereading.co.uk .

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