When researching the schools we’re working with, our Area Directors will read the Ofsted report as these give a useful overview of the specific challenges each school is working towards addressing.Time and again these reports comment that boys are attaining lower levels in reading and writing. We were delighted to learn that one of our favourite charities, the National Literacy Trust, has been working with the House of Commons’ All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group to set up a Commission on boys’ reading.
The commission is evaluating a wealth of research showing that more boys struggle with reading than girls, and that boys have poorer attitudes towards reading and spend less time reading outside of school. As a result, boys with poor reading skills will struggle to succeed at school and this will impact on their life chances. The aim of the Commission is to make realistic recommendations that will to help improve boys’ reading in the UK.
Expert witnesses taking part in the evidence session included former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, children’s author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, as well as teachers, academics, family charities and Ofsted. The final report of the commission will recommend key policies for schools, libraries and local areas and suggest approaches that should be supported and expanded across the country.