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Literacy levels

posted 20 May 2011, 00:00 by Friern Barnet   [ updated 8 Feb 2012, 14:24 by Martin Russo ]

A new National Literacy Trust report recently published highlights the level of literacy need across the country and the gap in local response. Published in the report, a survey of 500 local service providers including community and voluntary organisations, health practitioners, childcare providers and children’s centres found that:

  • 75% of services meet parents with literacy difficulties
  • 48% rarely or never signpost these parents to support for themselves and 54% rarely or never signpost them to support for their children
  • 35% of services rarely or never talk to parents about how they could support their children’s literacy development

Emily McCoy, Communities and Local Areas Manager at the National Literacy Trust says:

“The Government sees entrenched poverty as resting on low achievement, low aspiration and low opportunity across generations. Literacy has a vital role to play in addressing all three. Research shows that literacy skills do not just enable educational attainment; they underpin strong family relationships, better health choices and an individual’s capacity (and confidence) to gain employment.

“Our report clearly raises the question - how can local areas tackle child poverty without an explicit focus on literacy? We want to raise greater awareness both locally and nationally and ensure local areas have the tools they need to tackle literacy. A recent report* showed that local councils want more guidance on reducing child poverty. We believe the approaches outlined in Local authorities improving life chances will be a valuable asset. This October Frank Field MP will lead our conference on child poverty which will extend the debate and provide policy updates and best practice examples of how local areas have tackled the issue across their communities.”

More information about the National Literacy Trust, visit their website here at www.literaceytrust.co.uk