Like every educational organisation will have been keen to do, we at Lexonik were keen to get to grips with the Budget’s content on Wednesday, and to understand what this Autumn’s new promises, pledges and aspirations would mean for classrooms up and down the country.
Naturally, if you’re in the world of state school teaching, you might have felt buoyed by the thought of a public sector pay-rise. It’s long overdue after all.
But what else?
When you really pick between the lines, what was there for us as passionate educators and instructors to feel joyous about, particularly in the face of what a few short months ago was being recognised as a potential ‘illiteracy surge’?
Spending time with teachers and children on a daily basis as we do, we see at the coalface that there remains a fundamental lack of acknowledgment from government level, that it is the skill of reading which allows all other learning, career progression and long term financial stability to manifest.
If we are to truly and emphatically address the literacy deficit the Prime Minister himself has made reference to, and if we are to make good on the rhetoric of ‘levelling up’, then we need to concentrate on the
fundamentals, which are that every child should be leaving school able to read in order to learn and function.
No parent should ever wonder whether that is even negotiable as a likely outcome. It’s a necessity.
Yes, sure, Rishi did lots of calculations and fancy maths (which some might argue has been more about ‘rearranging funds’ than truly allocating it to where its greatest need is), but the sum he needed to do had a very straightforward answer.
Rishi – Upskill Teachers + Fund Educate on Reading = Literate Students With Thirst for Knowledge & Capacity to Succeed.
Has the government REALLY heard the pleas from within the school environment? Has it understood that educational professionals crave skills to help them teach young people to adequately read?
Has it understood that regardless of your desired future, you need the skill of reading, and therefore, our efforts nationally should be focusing on teaching reading, so that everyone has the ability to read to learn (and in turn, to thrive)?
We don’t for one moment underestimate what a juggle it is to represent the needs of the nation post-Covid, but we at Lexonik want to be able to best support teachers, parents, students, and future employers, to be confident that reading will be a priority, and that that life skill is valued hugely, no matter what cost it costs the UK purse.
What’s your view? We always love to hear from you, and welcome the opportunity of a chance to discuss how we work to upskill educational professionals in the world of reading.
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