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CHILDREN READING FOR PLEASURE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2687: tabled on 03 September 2019

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the importance of reading for pleasure as the most powerful agent in improving a child’s educational attainment and life chances; notes that children who read for pleasure daily or nearly every day are a year ahead in reading performance versus those who never do; further notes that 10 to 16 year olds make four times as much progress in vocabulary, maths and spelling if they read for pleasure than if their parents have a degree; and calls on the Education Secretary to change the curriculum to uncouple reading for pleasure from lessons and to enable teachers to include non-tested story time as an intrinsic part of every school day.