Creative Citizenship, with its emphasis upon creativity, innovation and the civic potential of online media, hints at new ways forward for long-established political ambitions to stimulate economic and cultural activity at the community level. Labour’s Third Way; the Conservatives’ Big Society and the Liberal Democrats’ Open Society are way-markers on this journey, though each of these approaches has had their critics.
To coincide with the Creative Citizens conference at the Royal College of Art on the 18th and 19th September, CentreForum have launched their contribution to this dynamic area of policy development.
Author Stephen Lee.
The Read On. Get On. campaign has set an ambition that all 11 year olds in Britain should be reading well by 2025. Of the one in four children that are not currently reading well, a disproportionate number come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Disadvantaged children already face many challenges and not being able to read well further undermines their future chances of success. These pupils risk being left further and further behind. This can only accentuate the problem of low social mobility in the UK. The aim of the Read On. Get On. campaign is to promote reading as means to improve prospects for struggling children.
While a goal of all children reading well is clearly ambitious, the analysis in this CentreForum report commissioned by Save the Children shows that such a goal is achievable.
The report uses real pupil data for 2013 to model the effect of measures that are in the scope of existing public policy, from early years and through primary school. The research shows that there is substantial capacity for improvement already in the system. The Read On. Get On. campaign goal, of all children reading well by 2025, is within reach.
Download the report
Access the website of Read On. Get On.
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