As an educator, librarian, or parent, one of the greatest gifts we can give to children is to support them to learn to read and to understand the purpose and pleasures of reading. This is how we create lifelong readers, give children voice, enable social inclusion, and increase future life chances far beyond the relatively short lifetime of school and tests.
Learning to read is not without its challenges. Every child will come to us with different background experiences, develop in different ways, and vary in their reading preferences. As enabling adults, it is our job to be on hand to support every child in this journey; knowing where they are now, where they need to get to, and the texts and experiences that will motivate them to get there.
At CLPE, we developed both the Corebooks book recommendations database Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.corebooks) and the CLPE Reading Scale (tinyurl. com/znwkwxz4) to support anyone working to engage children of all ages with reading and support their progress and development as readers.
The CLPE Reading Scale is built on years of credible research and collaboration between literacy organisations in the UK. It describes the journey that children make in order to become literate. The scale helps teachers, and anyone working with those learning to read, to develop their subject knowledge and to identify where different children currently are on their reading journey. The scale and the next steps section together help practitioners to decide what could best support children's progress.
Each reading journey starts at the beginner stage, where learners are more heavily dependent on adult support and moves through the stages of learning towards independence. It is important to remember that the journey is not...