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20 September 2013
An OUP new report launched today has revealed that many parents stop reading with their children from the age of seven—when experts believe that just 10 minutes a day can make a dramatic difference to their educational attainment.
Books Beyond Bedtime found that 44 per cent of seven-year-olds are rarely or never read to at home. This is despite the fact that nearly half of ‘reluctant readers’ of this age said they would enjoy reading more if their parents read with them.
The report was led by James Clements, a former leader at an outstanding inner city primary school. It was based on UK-wide research involving nearly 1,000 parents and school children aged 6—11. Clements said: “With all the research proving that reading for pleasure is inextricably linked to attainment and benefits all aspects of children’s lives, parents need to understand the huge impact reading with their children can make and how vital it is that reading for pleasure doesn’t stop at the school gate but is continued at home.”
Mary Hamley, Senior Publisher at Oxford University Press added: “Giving children a love of books is one of the greatest gifts and our report shows parental engagement makes a real difference to children’s success. Being able to read is vital but on its own it isn’t enough, we need to instil a love of reading in every child. The benefits of achieving this span way beyond a child’s primary school education, with a direct impact on their future life chances.”
The report provides parents with advice on helping their children engage with reading. This includes tips on finding time to read, which books to choose, and how to get the most enjoyment out of books. To find out more about OUP’s resources for children, see the UK Education and Children’s Books website.