We want to partner with all Ipswich schools, particularly those in challenging areas so that we can help them to ensure that every one of their pupils/students learns to be an effective reader before leaving school.
We understand that schools work hard on literacy improvement, but somehow, many pupils still manage to get through the primary system without reaching the Required Standard in Reading at SATs. That may be as high as 50% in some primary schools.
Secondary schools inherit these weak readers in Year 7 and many of them are too far behind with reading skills to successfully access the GCSE curriculum: where most of the important words in every subject will be unreadable to them.
So it's no good for any of us to be satisfied with 70% or 85% or 95% of pupils becoming effective readers, we need to get very close to 100%.
If you want to understand the impact on someone who gets through the entire education system without being able to read go to our Adult Literacy page.
We also recognise that some children may suffer from one of many conditions which will act as barriers to reading; to see our thoughts and plans on overcoming these, see our Barriers to Reading page
In order to focus the whole school on Reading, we invite all schools to sign our Reading Pledge.