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Sally’s Library Solutions – Reading for enjoyment – where does it fit in the new Ofsted Framework?

By November 7, 2019 No Comments

The emphasis in the new Ofsted Framework is now firmly on the teaching of reading skills. So, where does reading for pleasure fit in?

A recent Pisa study links the frequency with which children read fiction to their overall attainment. The impact of reading fiction daily was measured at the equivalent of 10 months’ additional schooling. The focus should be on “encouraging young people to engage more with novels and other lengthy fictional texts that encourage deep reading for sustained periods of time” (Professor Jerim, TES 22/10/19).

This kind of reading stamina is more likely to occur where the process is enjoyed. At primary level it’s crucial that we provide the resources that allow all children the opportunity to develop the habit of reading because they want to not because it’s a requirement.

How do we achieve this? Provide access to a broad range of books and stories sufficient to reflect pupils’ diverse backgrounds and allow them to be read alongside a reading scheme that focusses on skills. Use experts to help you select age-appropriate material that fulfils the Framework brief but is also stimulating and engaging. Complement your phonics teaching with books that can be enjoyed at story time. Role model reading and put it at the centre of your school day.

The Framework talks about reading enjoyment alongside knowledge and confidence – the expectation is that the process of learning to read can and should coexist with a reading for pleasure culture.

Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison

Sally is the School Library Service manager for Juniper Education. She has worked in primary school and public libraries for 17 years and as a children’s book reviewer. She is a chartered librarian, a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and has been a board member of the School Library Association.