The TES is reporting new research that suggests children with high reading skills at age 10 can see the effect in their pay packets more than 25 years later…
Research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that a child from a low-income background who was a strong reader at age 10 would earn 21 per cent more per hour at age 38 on average than someone from a similar background with poor reading skills.
Children from richer families with better reading scores earned 10 per cent more than their peers.
The research was carried out for the Read On, Get On campaign; a coalition of charities, businesses and educationalists, which today publishes a report calling for the next government to take action to ensure that all children leave primary with a good level of reading.
The report The Power of Reading calls for a commitment for graduates to lead lessons in every nursery in England by 2020, a recommendation that would require 11,000 more university-leavers to join the profession…
The report points out that only 13 per cent of staff in private, independent or voluntary-run (PVI) nurseries have a relevant degree, compared with 35 per cent in school nurseries, and only 59 per cent had at least one graduate on the staff, whereas all school nurseries did.
Read the report on the link between reading skills and adult outcomes in full from the IFS at: The link between childhood reading skills and adult outcomes: analysis of a cohort of British children
Read more on the call for more graduates from Save the Children at: Graduates needed in every nursery
The Power of Reading report itself should be online here (but doesn’t seem available at the time of writing).
A couple of different things seems to be going on here: first the IFS is suggesting a correlation between better reading skills aged 10 and earning outcomes later in life (especially for poorer children), and the Read On, Get On campaign is then turning that into a call for more graduates to be working on nurseries.
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