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Literacy decline over past three years

Scotland’s education minister Angela Constance has promised to step up efforts to improve pupils’ literacy after a national survey found levels had fallen in the last three years. The biggest teaching union, the EIS, said the results had to b…

Sam Phipps, 7th May 2015
One book, any book – ideas to get them reading

One book, any book – ideas to get them reading

All the evidence shows that reading for pleasure brings multiple benefits for secondary students – now and in the future. Karen Sullivan offers some ideas Reading for pleasure is one of the single most important activities that can improve childr…

Karen Sullivan, 30th April 2015
Pupils 'caught' reading as part of school's literacy focus

Pupils 'caught' reading as part of school's literacy focus

From setting up book clubs to asking pupils to act as reading mentors, schools are full of ideas about how to inspire young readers. But now a Manchester secondary school has come up with an original campaign to promote a reading culture among its st…

Emma Lee-Potter, 30th April 2015
Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.   Holyhead School has its challenges. The school is situated in…

Future Leaders, 12th March 2015
Pupils reading 209,533 words a year each, but concerns remain about drop at secondary level

Pupils reading 209,533 words a year each, but concerns remain about drop at secondary level

The number of words children read every year begins to decline when they reach year 7 and continues to fall throughout much of secondary school, the annual What Kids Are Reading report has revealed. The survey is based on the reading habits of 580,309 …

5th March 2015
Frank Lampard aims to inspire as national literacy ambassador

Frank Lampard aims to inspire as national literacy ambassador

England and Manchester City footballer Frank Lampard has been appointed an official ambassador for the National Literacy Trust in a bid to inspire young people – particular boys – to get reading. Mr Lampard, who is now a children’s au…

29th January 2015

Scepticism about aim of reading and numeracy tests

A majority of teachers in Wales are sceptical about the purpose of new national reading and numeracy tests, a survey by a teaching union has found. More than 60 per cent of teachers surveyed believe that the Welsh government is far more concerned with as…

Moira Sharkey, 15th January 2015
Close the gap with breakfast and a book

Close the gap with breakfast and a book

Research shows that reading for pleasure boosts cognitive development. Combine this with a solid breakfast and we can really help pupils to achieve. Karen Sullivan offers some practical ideas. Over my last few columns, we’ve been looking at the att…

Karen Sullivan, 4th December 2014

Research identifies types of reading that can lead to higher vocabulary

Research involving almost 10,000 people has discovered a connection between reading for pleasure as a child and vocabulary later in life. It has found that reading “highbrow” fiction has the biggest impact on later vocabulary skills, and that…

13th November 2014
School librarian of the year offers tips on engaging with SEN students

School librarian of the year offers tips on engaging with SEN students

The news that Liz Millett had won the School Librarian of the Year 2014 title spread like wildfire around Weatherfield Academy in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. As she received her award from author and artist Chris Riddell at a School Library Association ce…

Emma Lee-Potter, 16th October 2014
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