7 Sep '14

News Poor reading 'could cost UK £32bn in growth by 2025'

Campaign links literacy failings with joblessness, as authors, charities and CBI unite to improve reading standardsThe fear that 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to "read well" by 2025 has prompted the launch on Monday of a new campaign backed by a coalition of businesses, charities, bestselling authors and teaching professionals.The Read On. Get On campaign is aimed at making a radical improvement in reading standards one of the central goals of politics and education in the next decade. It is being spearheaded by Save the Children, the CBI and the Teach First charity and is unusual in the diversity of its supporters they include authors JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo plus a host of book publishers, the Sun newspaper and the Premier League. Continue reading...

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