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Reading dogs are stretching their influence to schools in Kent with the expansion of a unique project to encourage children who are reluctant to read out loud.

Primary schools are 'breeding illiteracy' in children by allowing a 'child-led' approach to learning and because they are failing to use synthetic phonics repeatedly, according to the right-wing think-tank Centre for Policy Studies.

Only meaningful dialogue between the Government and the early years sector will avoid ideological swings in policy and achieve a balanced approach to reform of the EYFS, say Margaret Edgington, Richard House and Kim Simpson of the Open EYE Campaign.

Initiatives like Sure Start show no lasting effects on children's achievement, argues Tom Burkard, co-author of a controversial report that recommends scrapping the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Families are being encouraged to share stories together by the National Literacy Trust in an extension of its successful football and literacy initiative aiming to inspire boys to read.

Up to 1.4 million children in reception year are to benefit from free books from September, thanks to a programme promoting the pleasure of reading.

A new online resource bank brings together guidance on writing in the early years with new material to support the needs of boys.