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When reading turns from chore to pleasure

Sally Perry. Of the many roles performed by the children’s or school librarian perhaps the most mystical is that of matchmaker: matching books with readers. Joy Court*, reviews editor of The School Librarian, describes the specialist children’s librarian mantra as

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Reading Recovery: celebrating success

Janet Smith.  “Reading has given you a golden ticket for the rest of your lives!”. These are the words the President and Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, used to welcome primary school pupils to last week’s Reading Recovery Awards at the

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For literacy it pays to start early

Guest blogger: Jerome Finnegan. The Read On. Get On. coalition is working towards the ambitious goal of all children in England attaining a good level of reading by age 11, by 2025. Two new reports released by the campaign, for England

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Reading Recovery: deprived 11-year-olds don’t have to face a bleak future

Julia Douëtil The latest paper from the Education Endowment Foundation highlights the 25% of 11-year-olds in poverty each year who fail to reach national curriculum level 4, and the devastating impact that is likely to have on each of those children’s

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“Too poor to learn? That’s too bad, for many children”

Sue Burroughs-Lange “Too many of England’s poorest children continue to be let down by the education system” .* (OFSTED June 2013.) OFSTED is rightly focusing attention on schools’ ability to support the learning of all pupils and narrow the attainment

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