Kerry visits local primary school

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02 March 2017

Today, World Book Day, celebrates the positive impact which reading has not only for children but for people of all ages. Figures from Save the Children show that 40% of our poorest children, who are up to seven years behind their peers, leave primary school without being able to read.

Reading Recovery, led by University College London, is a one-on-one intervention project which supports Read On Get On, a national campaign to ensure that all our children are reading well by the age of 11.

I recently joined teachers, authors Cavan Scott and Mark Lemon, two ‘Silver Readers’ from the community, and Leyan, the Reading Dog, at Air Balloon Hill Primary School to show my support for this, which builds on the progress made by the Labour Government’s Every Child a Reader programme.



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