Reading for pleasure
The reason that enjoyment for reading is key to The National Curriculum and The Ofsted Inspection Framework can be traced back to The Education Research Team Report for the DfE in 2012.
That report looked at research evidence on reading for pleasure and found that:
Children who say they enjoy reading for pleasure are more likely to score well on reading assessments compared to pupils who said they enjoyed reading less.
There is some evidence to show that reading for pleasure is a more important determinant of children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status. Reading for pleasure can be used as an indicator or predictor of academic success more reliably than looking at socio-economic status.
It can have a positive impact on pupil’s emotional and social behaviour.
It can have a positive impact on text comprehension and grammar.
So clearly there is an indication here that as a school, we need to be doing everything we can to support children and families to develop that love of reading and fostering that reading community where parents, siblings, children and teachers are all fostering that love of reading.