After the (most enjoyable) inaugural Patron of Reading conference I wrote to the local Councillor who is the Cabinet Member for Education and Children to update him on the conference and future plans. Included in the conference feedback was the fact that the patron of reading initiative / movement/ innovation / service has already been discussed in Scotish Parliament, and that I thought it should also get the same recognition in England.
After asking for his support with introducing the patron of reading initiative in English Parliament I closed the update reminding him that fostering a love of reading is so powerful in a child's life that the benefits are almost immeasurable.
The councillor’s response was fast and favourable – he said that if we could give him a ghost letter then he would “write to our local MPs, David Laws, Michael Gove and others binging attention to this worthy cause”. I ran dry at this point but Jon Biddle has kindly agreed to draft something up…just as soon as he has time to sit still long enough to do so. I think that if enough of us wrote to councilors with the same info, and they in turn passed the info onto MPs, then it wouldn’t be long before the patron of reading innovation was getting the recognition it deserves in English Parliament.