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OUP announces findings of Reading for Pleasure survey

OUP announces findings of Reading for Pleasure survey

17 June 2016

An Oxford University Press survey has highlighted that more than half of UK primary school teachers say they don’t have enough time to share and talk about books in the classroom.

The Reading for Pleasure survey also revealed that more than a third of teachers believe having more time to dedicate to reading and to books would make the biggest difference to promoting a love of reading in their school.

Despite almost all teachers believing that reading for pleasure is essential for a pupil’s future success, 63% said that they thought only half or fewer of their pupils read for pleasure outside of class time. The research also showed that for many current teachers it was their own childhood teacher who inspired their love of reading – highlighting the importance of reading for pleasure in the classroom.

Jane Harley, Strategy Director, UK Education, at OUP said: ‘This research shows that teachers are concerned about children missing out on the chance to be inspired by reading in the classroom. There is clear evidence that the primary school years are crucial for children, whatever their social or cultural background, to develop their love of reading. It is vital that teachers are able to dedicate the time to helping their pupils engage with stories in the classroom and to create more space for quality conversations about books.’

The survey was completed in advance of a high profile event focusing on literacy, and the launch of the new Treetops Greatest Stories collection of classic tales edited by Michael Morpurgo.

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