A ground-breaking new initiative to improve the reading and literacy skills of primary school children is being managed by Edge Hill University.
The Department for Education has chosen the University to provide Reading Support, a new programme which will help primary schools to improve the reading of their lowest attaining pupils.
Reading Support is designed to raise standards in reading and literacy through interventions for children who struggle to read and through wider support for the teaching of reading and literacy for all children.
Reading Support will include programmes provided across the country by Edge Hill University and by partner organisations, all designed to raise achievement in reading.
Robert Smedley, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty of Education, at the University, said: "It is fantastic news that the DfE have selected us as the only provider in the country to run this new initiative. Edge Hill University is committed to working with schools to improve reading and literacy. The University is the largest provider of teacher training and education and has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its work. It has hundreds of partnerships with schools and organisations that share its vision and commitment to changing the lives of young people for the better.
"Reading Support builds on the strengths of Every Child Counts, the University's numeracy programme that has provided highly effective intervention support to over 30,000 children who have difficulties with mathematics in over 2,000 primary schools in England."