Read On Get On is a national campaign that aims to get all children reading well by the age of 11. Reading plays a vital part in the social and educational development of children and is a key skill that improves their chances of having a better future. A wealth of research and studies have been carried out in this area, which have found that, at present, too many children are leaving school without being able to read confidently. As a result, this campaign is working towards ensuring that by 2025 every child has the ability to read confidently by the time they turn 11.
How does the campaign work?
Read On Get On has made a number of literary resources and stories available on its website that parents, teachers, grandparents – in fact everyone, can either watch online or download to help improve children’s reading skills.
The first five years of a child’s life are vital for language acquisition and development. Reading and talking to your child in these early years can greatly enhance their own communication skills, which they will be able to carry forward throughout their life.
The studies and research carried out within this area provides evidence that children with good communication skills are more confident and therefore more likely to take advantage of opportunities that come their way. Reading is also a catalyst in inspiring your child to want to learn and become creative, helping them to foster interests and develop active imaginations. The stories they read, they learn to re-tell and from that, learn to tell their own stories. This cultivates strong listening and speaking skills, which, according to Read On Get On “can mean the difference between years of struggling at school and achieving their dreams.”
In addition, this feeds into fostering better mental health and wellbeing. Reading can also be a valuable social activity and can inspire people to become involved in reading groups and clubs:
By improving self-confidence and self-esteem, building social networks, widening horizons and giving people a sense of belonging, shared reading groups promote and provide a holistic approach to wellbeing.
What are the other health benefits of reading?
As well as increased confidence, improved wellbeing and socialisation, reading also cultivates greater self-reflection and self-awareness. In addition, Mersey Care NHS Trust launched a Get Into Reading campaign. Those who took part saw improvements in the following areas:
- 74% of service users said shared reading has improved their mood
- 81% are more able to relax
- 72% felt shared reading had helped them to think about things in a different way
- 70% feel their group has helped them to understand people better
If you are interested in finding out more about the Read On Get On campaign and would like to encourage your children to become bookworms, you can visit their website. You can also follow the conversation on social media by following and using #ReadOnGetOn.