This initiative supports literacy success and child wellbeing by providing funding for the expansion of Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi and Duffy Books in Homes to increase children's literacy and educational achievement with focus on Māori, Pacific, migrant, and refugee learners. This funding will improve literacy and wellbeing outcomes for over 73,000 children across New Zealand by giving 37,000 parents effective strategies to support their children as they learn to read and providing books for children in their homes.
An extra $2.4 million of operating funding over the next four years will go to the Reading Together Programme so it can expand to include more than 140 decile 4 and 5 schools. ...
"Research has identified Reading Together as a low-cost, high-impact programme with strong evidence of effectiveness. For example, children have gained a full year in their reading level within 12 weeks of starting the programme."
Dr Sharples says expanding Reading Together beyond the decile 1 to 3 schools funded since 2011 gives more families the opportunity to share the programme's benefits. "It's not just the child who benefits from this programme. Their brothers and sisters do, as well as their parents, whānau and school community. One of the real strengths of this programme is the focus on whānau. Now more communities can be a part of that."
Source: Literacy programme to benefit more communities (NZ Government Release, 15 May 2014).
'Reading Together' looks at reading as a whānau issue and it gets great results because whānau and schools work together, said [Associate Education Minister] Dr Sharples.
Source: Sharples welcomes cross-party support for reading programmes (NZ Government Release, 10 Sept 2012).
Funding will support the positive results we've already seen from Reading Together in participating schools, through expanding the availability of family-based literacy programmes to all decile 1-3 schools.
The Government wants to see a significant lift in student achievement through focused programmes like Reading Together.
Source: Expansion of Reading Together to all Decile 1-3 schools, one of the schooling initiatives announced in Budget 2011.