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More than half of UK children do not read in their spare time, survey reveals
National Literacy Trust says families and schools need resources to help disadvantaged children develop vital literacy skills

Ella Creamer

03, Sep, 2023 @11:01 PM

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Most parents want more time reading to young children, study shows
1,000-parent survey also found 33% lack the confidence to read to their child, despite not seeing the activity as a chore

Ella Creamer

24, Aug, 2023 @12:10 PM

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Sats attainment in English primary schools still below pre-Covid levels
Proportion of children meeting expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined matches 2022 figure of 59%

Sally Weale Education correspondent

11, Jul, 2023 @2:23 PM

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Kerala is rolling out free broadband for its poorest citizens. What’s stopping your government? | Oommen C Kurian
The pandemic showed us how digital divides worsen inequality - this project shows they’re not inevitable, says the Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation’s Oommen C Kurian

Oommen C Kurian

19, Jun, 2023 @3:31 PM

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MPs call for action on pandemic-widened gap between England’s poor and rich pupils
Public accounts committee warns that without more intervention, attainment gap could take decade to return to pre-Covid levels

Sally Weale Education correspondent

06, Jun, 2023 @11:01 PM

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Children’s enjoyment of writing has fallen to ‘crisis point’, research finds
Only one in three UK children now enjoy writing in their free time – including text messages – with those on free school meals most likely to do so

Sarah Shaffi

05, Jun, 2023 @2:19 PM

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Boys ‘mustn’t be afraid of female-led books’, says author Joanne Harris
Teaching must change to prevent violence against women, she said at Hay festival, also speaking on narratives of menopause

Lucy Knight

29, May, 2023 @6:40 PM

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Reading ability of children in England scores well in global survey
Literacy of nine and 10-year-olds in England was ranked fourth in world in Pirls study, with teachers praised

Sally Weale and Richard Adams

16, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Children read almost 25% more books last year, UK and Ireland study finds
What Kids Are Reading report found communities on sites such as TikTok helped stimulate interest in reading

Jamie Grierson

24, Apr, 2023 @11:01 PM

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Nine to five, 24/7: my decade dressing as Dolly Parton – in pictures
Everybody loves the ‘Backwoods Barbie’. Especially photographer Alice Hawkins who has spent 10 years dolled up as her heroine – and meeting fellow devotees along the way

Images: Alice Hawkins. Words: Joe Stone

04, Mar, 2023 @11:00 AM

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The Guardian view on children’s reading: a gift that should be for all | Editorial
Editorial: With stressed families less likely to have time and money to spare for books, young readers are losing out. It’s time to boost school libraries


03, Mar, 2023 @6:25 PM

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Quarter of a million children enter secondary school without basic maths and English
Government set to fail target of 90% of children reaching set standard at age 11, research finds

Michael Savage Policy Editor

12, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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