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Literacy: Five ways to encourage pupils to read at home

Reading at home can boost pupils’ literacy and love of books. Alex Goss shares five tips for how schools can support and encourage young learners to want to read at home

We cannot talk about supporting children reading at home without talking about supporting parents. There are no two ways about it, most parents have felt the pinch one way or another in 2020. Many families spent the first half of the year coping with not seeing one another. Parents have had challenges with working from home, being on furlough or even worse, being laid off. When you add home-schooling to the mix (something unfamiliar to almost all parents – and children for that matter), we have a recipe for anxiety.

So what can schools do about this? Well, removing obstacles and encouraging a focus on reading is a good place to start. Here is a reassuring sentiment from a headteacher to parents for this autumn term:

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