Recognising the critical situation of children in this vulnerated condition, the government together with the business sector, local governments, and charitable institutions have founded the Every Child a Chance Trust. The organisation has taken active participation in finding innovative solutions to the literacy and numeracy difficulties that our children are experiencing today. In addition, they assist in finding the proper response that will bridge the observable widening gap in our school system between the highest achievers and the lowest achievers (www.everychildachancetrust.org).
The Bridge: Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is the programme developed and designed primarily to address the need to provide intensive literacy teaching to six year old children most in need . This programme is of utmost seriousness because
1. Over 5% of children (including nearly 1 in 10 boys) leave English primary schools and go into secondary education without even the most basic skills in reading and writing – over 30,000 children every year. (Every Child A Reader Trust, 2010)
2. If not tackled, these children’s literacy difficulties have life-long and costly consequences (truancy, exclusion, unemployment, poor health, involvement with the criminal justice system - 25% of those in youth custody, for example, have a reading age below 7).(Every Child A Reader Trust, 2010)
3. If children are not independent readers by the end of third grade, it is unlikely that they will be successful in the middle grade and beyond. It is rare that children ‘catch up’ at this point. (Hiebert, 1998, p.2). ...Show more