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the importance of reading

As part of our continued push to get our Grafton pupils reading, we have recently looked into just how important it is that your child really tries his/her best with their reading. You can also help too, by listening to your child read everyday and reading stories to them too.

With the help of a Grafton parent we have been finding out just how important reading is for your child and how it can impact on their future.

Here are some really interesting facts and figures for you to think about:

‘Reading to children every day, or almost every day instead of twice a week or less, had the same effect on the child’s reading skills as being almost 12 months older. ‘ (The Book Trust)

‘About one in four people earning less than £10,000 a year cannot read, compared to one in 25 of those earning over £30,000. In short, reading and increased salaries are directly linked.’(Save the Children)

‘Those with functional literacy skills earn on average 16% more than those with lower literacy skills. ‘ (National Literacy Trust)

‘One in four (24%) people who were not in work had low literacy skills. ‘ (National Literacy Trust)

‘Those with low literacy are more likely to be excluded from school and more likely to truant. 9% of very poor readers are persistent truants compared to 2% of those who are average or above average readers. ‘(National Literacy Trust)

‘Children who read books often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16 gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly. ‘ (The Reading Agency)

‘16-year-olds who choose to read books for pleasure outside of school are more likely to secure managerial or professional jobs in later life. ‘ (The Reading Agency)

‘Studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure was also associated with better sleeping patterns. ‘ (The Reading Agency)


Please join us in helping prepare your child for future success by encouraging their reading now!