Parents and Place: Literacy and Learning

Why this is an issue

Literacy is essential for success in every subject. It is also vital as an underpinning skill for social and emotional development. A lack of capability in written and spoken English is the concern most frequently raised by employers. Where English is not spoken, or is not the first language, at home schools can face an additional challenge in engaging parents and carers to support their children’s learning.

  • There is a pattern of low attainment in literacy at every stage of learning, with disadvantaged pupils falling furthest behind.
  • 2016 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) data showed the percentage of children meeting the expected level of development for speaking, writing and reading in Bradford was between 2 and 3 percentage pointslower than the national average.
  • At key stage 1, only 70% of Bradford’s pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, 4 percentage points below the national average. 64% achieved the expected standard in writing, 1percentage point behind the national average.
  • At key stage 2, 57% of Bradford’s pupils achieved the expected standard for reading, 9% below the national average. For boys, standards are lower, only 54% of boys reached the expected standard, among the worst performing groups in West Yorkshire.

What we will do

  • invest at least £500,000 in additional support for speaking, writing and reading in the classroom to improve the quality of teaching and learning
  • give parents in the most disadvantaged and disengaged areas the confidence and skills to inspire, influence and support their children’s learning and progress

We will be working first with parents, communities and schools in Keighley, in and around the Holme Wood estate, and within Eccleshill and Idle. We are commissioning support to deliver this project, including work to engage parents and schools, develop local champions, and build and deliver a plan. We expect each of the projects to launch from January 2019.

Our target

  • the gap between the Bradford average and the national average in reading and writing at key stages 1 and 2 by at least one percentage point each year from 2018
  • the gap in reading and writing attainment between disadvantaged pupils and all pupils in Bradford will improve by at least by at least one percentage point each year from 2018