CLPE calls for long-term funding to tackle disadvantage in the education system
The open letter sent to Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, asks for commitments to:
- A broad and balanced English curriculum.
All young people need to have access to the broadest English curriculum. We want to see an emphasis on the importance of a rich literacy curriculum from the Government and Ofsted, as well as a guarantee that the more easily assessed skills such as decoding, transcribing and written comprehension will not be the only place that catch-up funding is directed.
- Cultural and creative experiences
Schools should be incentivised to reinstate cultural experiences and provide the necessary support and guidance to embed this into their curriculum. Rich literary knowledge comes from a range of experiences and cultural opportunities. Studying the work of and working directly with the creators of our literary heritage and reading for pleasure cannot be underestimated.
- High quality professional development for teachers
There needs to be targeted investment in professional development for teachers to support them to meet the needs of all young people and helping them to ‘catch up’ both in terms of functional skills and also the broader cultural and creative experiences they have missed out on during the time of the pandemic.
Organisations from across the literacy, literature and cultural landscape have joined us in calling for long term, sustained funding for rich literacy provision including the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, World Book Day, Chartered College of Teaching, the National Theatre and the English and Media Centre.
Louise Johns-Shepherd, CLPE Chief Executive said, "Our work with schools and our research has shown us the transformative effect of a rich literacy curriculum. Now is not the time to reduce children’s experience of literacy to functional skills which can be easily measured. Now is the time to invest in a fair education system which will make sure all children can benefit from a broad curriculum that supports their academic and creative development and ensures all children have access to the very best literature and the most creative teaching approaches."