Schools will need to “own” the campaign to drive up reading standards in Oxfordshire schools if it is to be a success, reports the Oxford Mail. That is according to Oxfordshire County Council’s children’s services scrutiny committee, which yesterday discussed the council’s new education strategy, including an ambitious campaign to raise reading standards among the county’s youngest children.
Committee chairman Michael Waine said: “Schools have got to own this.
“We have got to be able to say ‘you did this for yourselves’.
“So many strategies have floundered and haven’t worked, because they were ‘done to’ schools.”
The council has set aside more than £500,000 to spend on improving reading standards in a campaign which will begin in September.
It follows a series of damning test results, which in 2010 placed Oxford’s seven-year-olds as the worst in the country at Key Stage 1, with almost a quarter failing to reach expected levels in reading.