If every child left primary school with the reading skills they needed, our economy could expand by over £32.1 billion by 2025.
This eye opening fact has left me flabbergasted but perhaps I should not be surprised. I have been on a steep learning curve whilst at Oxfordshire Community Foundation into the social issues locally and nationally. The importance of early years, home learning and of course the joy and countless benefits of reading are clear.
This recent blog by the CEO of the Literacy Trust brings together numerous similar thoughts around the impact of the pandemic - how it has widened the disadvantaged gap, how we should all play our part and work together more, how important society and community is.
The focus on skills in the government's announcements is a welcome recognition that we need more than physical infrastructure and business investment to build a truly sustainable, inclusive and productive society. However, we still need to hear how an integrated approach to basic skills, education improvement and literacy encompassing all ages, including a commitment to early years, will underpin a truly sustainable levelling up policy agenda.