Norfolk is renowned for its literary heritage, but despite this, primary school age children are behind others across the country when it comes to reading and writing. In fact, Norfolk ranks 119th out of 152 local authority areas in England for the expected standard of reading, writing and maths at key stage 2.
Why does this matter?
Reading and writing are essential life skills and their impact on our lives is huge.
As well as affecting academic achievement at school, research shows that children who fall behind with their reading and writing at primary school, are likely to have lower levels of achievement at secondary school. This ultimately has a negative impact on their long-term future.
What can we do?
Quite simply we need to get more 5 to 11 year olds reading, more often.
We need to break the cycle that has for too long seen the children in our county held back by lower levels of reading and writing compared to those growing up elsewhere in the UK.
Reading doesn’t have to be a chore and research shows that children who read more for fun will do better at school. Finding just 10 minutes a day to read with your child can make a huge impact.
The Get Norfolk Reading campaign officially launches on 24 February, but ahead of this, there are lots of ways you can get involved:
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and tell your friends and family about Get Norfolk Reading
- Share our stories and social media posts
- Take part in our competitions
- Register your interest in becoming a reading volunteer