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Govt initiatives 'boosting enjoyment of reading'

26th October 2011

The government's focus on promoting children's interest in reading has led to an increase in demand for books from school libraries, it has emerged.

According to the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, there has been a record number of individual schools applying for its Power of Reading programme, which aims to support reading for enjoyment in the classroom.

Last week, schools minister Nick Gibb reiterated his intention to boost children's literacy levels and their love of books.

'As well as mastering the basic skill of decoding, we want to encourage children to experience the joy of reading and develop a lifelong love of books,' he added.

He also unveiled a new inspection framework for Ofsted, which will involve inspectors listening to pupils reading aloud, as well as new tests for six-year-old children to assess their reading standard.

Marilyn Brocklehurst, from the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, told the Bookseller magazine that the coalition's initiative to boost literacy among the country's schoolchildren appears to be working, with the emphasis on reading for pleasure striking a chord with young people.

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