In the view of Colin Harris, a former teacher in a deprived school, the key to closing the attainment gap between children from different backgrounds is to ensure that they have access to books before they even set foot in school. Finding ways to help parents provide children with books is paramount, as well as supporting them in reading with their children.
“But not just at home. Where are the book areas in our shopping centres? Do I see any at the restaurants? Or any of the soft play centres I visit with my grandchildren? Sadly, no. Surely there is an opportunity to develop this love of books.”