Ranil Jayawardena – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Education

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Ranil Jayawardena on 2016-03-01.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that more classic literature is taught in schools.

Nick Gibb

All pupils in secondary schools should be encouraged to enjoy challenging titles and develop a confidence and ability to read the great classics of English and world literature.

The Government is delighted that, following our call for action, Penguin is offering classroom sets of 100 classic books for the equivalent of £1 a copy. This will allow pupils to read a wide range of literature with the support of their teacher. I hope other publishers will follow, to make classic literature a feature of every classroom.