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School campaign for 20 minutes of reading a day

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One secondary school in Essex is encouraging its pupils to read for at least 20 minutes a day to boost literacy skills.

In 2018, over 20% of 11-year-olds in the South East could not read to the standard expected by the time they left primary school, according to government statistics.

Reading is even encouraged in P.E. by getting students to refer to help sheets during their lesson.

Pupils are expected to take out a book whenever they are free and reading areas have been set up around the school.

The school and parents say they have seen a positive effect so far as a result of the campaign.

The initiative has encouraged children to talk to other pupils from different year groups. Discussing the books has also lead to improvements in the children's social skills.

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