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Teenage Boys: Literacy

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to encourage teenage boys to read. (138964)

Reading for pleasure is essential to improving children's chances of success.

The Boys into Books initiative I launched last week allows every state-funded secondary school with boys on roll to select 20 free books. The Reading Champions initiative provides a range of ideas and resources to encourage boys to read more by using the motivational power of reading role models.

Both initiatives support our wider programme to promote literacy, including the planned National Year of Reading in 2008.