Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Reading Matters!

I met one of the Reading Matters volunteers this morning and he wanted to know if the scheme was making a difference...

The research evidence clearly shows that these one-to-one reading schemes make a huge difference and it's more and more worrying that having supported programmes like Reading Matters we are not continuing to fund these life changing programmes. I understand the thing about making choices about what they spend our resources on but this is not even a starter for ten. The cost of failing to teach a child to read increases incrementally as they move through learning with the latest estimates being that the cost of any remedial programme later on is around ten times more expensive and the ultimate cost of failing to teach anyone to read is scarily huge; just look at the prison ponpulation which is full of them!

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