The Essex Education Task Force was established by Essex County Council in April 2021 as an independent body. At the heart of its work across Essex lie Renewal, Equality and Ambition.
An initial budget of £1.5 million has already been invested in supporting the work of pre-school and early years settings, schools, further education, governors and the voluntary sector. One major investment is the staging of the Essex Year of Reading 2022.
A range of funded training programmes in reading for primary and secondary teachers have begun, with very positive feedback - and more to come. This is a Year of Reading which aims to reach all communities in Essex and all ages to encourage:
- Every community across the county to promote the importance of reading
- Every family to enjoy reading together
- Businesses, large and small across Essex, to promote the fun and joy of reading
We all know that reading confidently is a golden key to a lifetime's opportunities.
Let's get Essex reading - in every family, every business, every community. And what can this mean for schools? Let us be properly ambitious for 2022. Every primary school to say to itself: almost all children will, at age 11+, have a reading age which at least matches their actual age. We track reading ages from the early years to Year 6. Every secondary school to say to itself: no matter the child's starting point, almost all will read at least in line with their actual age by the time they reach 16+. We track reading ages from Year 7 to Year 11.
We are sharing with you a rich programme of initiatives which will unfold across the county in 2022 to celebrate the joy and importance of reading. Here, you can find out more about what is planned and how you can get involved.
Take a look at the Essex Year of Reading Project Directory, along with some short YouTube videos that have been put together: