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Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers
Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers

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4.1 Myth #1 - Reading for Pleasure is an optional extra in the literacy curriculum

Statutory requirements of curricula around the world differ, however, in England and Scotland, Reading for Pleasure is mandated in curricula framework. Just as it is not ‘optional’ to teach fractions or punctuation, it is not optional to develop children’s enjoyment of reading. Reading for Pleasure tends to be side-lined when its significance is not well understood by teachers, parents or school governors, but in England, school inspectors assess how well staff develop children’s love of reading

An adult sat with a schoolboy at a table. The boy has a book in his hand and is looking at the adult