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Let us help our children read ….. for enjoyment

27 Aug

There is good news.  A national literacy survey carried out in 2019 (for which the latest figures are available) reveals that 99% of people in the United Kingdom can read and write while 1% of the country lack literacy skills.  The bad news is that this 1% represents 660,000 adults above the age of 15.

There is more bad news.  Altogether, 16.4% of adults in England (or 7.1 million) can be described as having ‘very poor literacy skills’.  According to the National Literacy Trust, “they can understand short, straightforward texts on familiar topics accurately and independently and obtain information from everyday sources, but reading information from unfamiliar sources or about unfamiliar topics could cause problems” making them “functionally illiterate”.  Several are unwilling to admit that they have difficulties and/or ask for help.

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