Reading for pleasure in the school curriculum
Despite the emphasis on phonics, the school literacy landscape in 2012 isn't just about phonics. The other initiative gathering momentum is reading for pleasure.
This will be a key focus of policy and guidance in 2012, and the government has already committed to reading for pleasure being at the heart of the revised English curriculum.
The Ofsted report, Moving English Forward, recommends a range of measures to increase children's reading for pleasure, including creating a reading advocate in every school to ensure that the school library is fully used and reading is properly addressed in curriculum planning, and to provide a source of expertise in children's literature.
One of the key aspects the government hopes to tackle is reading volume. Education secretary Michael Gove's suggestion last year that children should read 50 books a year received widespread media coverage, and is beginning to play out in a number of draft policies, one suggestion is a mandatory or voluntary reading list.
In the meantime, the government has announced its intention to launch a national schools reading competition to encourage children to read more, and to read more widely.
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