One of the 3 priorities for English Hubs is to support schools to develop a love of reading. As a Hub we engage with experts in the field and research to help schools to develop sustainable strategies.
The Reading Agency cites why reading for pleasure is so important for children:
- Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background (Sullivan and Brown, 2003)
- Children who enjoy reading and do so regularly are three times more likely to have high levels of mental wellbeing than children who are less engaged with reading and writing (NLT, 2013)
- Talking to peers and family about books and reading helps children to exercise their speech and language skills, understand and reflect on what they have read and build their wider confidence (Chambers, 2011)
Research shows that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers (UCL, 2013).
Due to the popular demand of our webinars - Reading for Pleasure with Ruth Baker-Leask, we have made available the recording of the session for you to watch again and share with you colleagues.