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Free books for children and adults are to be handed out at food banks during the festive period, thanks to a partnership between Booktrust and The Trussell Trust food bank network.

A more detailed breakdown of the EYFS Profile statistics, published today, shows that the gap has widened between children with special educational needs and their peers.

The early years sector is calling on the childcare and education minister to reconsider plans for a baseline assessment for reception pupils.

The National Literacy Forum has secured cross-party commitment for its campaign for a more literate nation.

Alan Johnson MP is the new patron for children’s book reading club Letterbox.

Fifty unique 'BookBenches' designed by well-known artists and illustrators and inspired by books, including children's classics Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Lauren Child's Clarice Bean stories, have raised more than £250,000 at auction for the National Literacy Trust.

More five-year-olds than ever are reaching a good level of development at the end of Reception, the latest statistics show.

The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting proposals from organisations to design and deliver Reception Baseline Assessments to schools from September 2015.

There has been a five percentage point increase in the number of six-year-olds passing the phonics reading check.

An evaluation of the first year of the Making it REAL programme, published today, has found it has been successful in considerably improving children’s early literacy development.