Local MP, Andrew Gwynne, has sounded the alarm as new figures from the National Literacy Trust have shown the Denton and Reddish constituency needs greater support from central government in order to improve literacy rates.
Figures reveal that overall Denton and Reddish was rated as the 175th most in need out of 533 constituency seats in England. The report goes on to show that the problem has become more widespread in recent times, with 86% of English constituencies having at least one ward with urgent literacy need.1
This report comes only a month after it was revealed that almost every primary and secondary school in the country will see schools lose funding from central government due to begin in 2018.2
The authors of the report also pointed to the lack of public libraries across the country as a contributing factor, and point to a 2016 House of Commons report which showed that between 2010-2015 over 700 public libraries had closed across the country.3
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The availability of a wide range of books and the encouragement to read at school and home will help improve literacy rates in the long term, but what this report clearly shows is that current government plans for education are failing.
“With the Tory government’s so-called fairer school’s formula, which will see 98% of schools in England lose funding, beginning in 2018 I’m really concerned that our schools will not be given the adequate funding they need.
“Here in Denton and Reddish however there are some really good success stories – Denton West End Library as well as library services across Tameside and Stockport have been successfully working together with the Literacy Trust and local schools to encourage more youngsters to read.”
For more information, please visit: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/campaigns-policy/literacy-score-mapping-literacy-need-in-england