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Inspiring pupils to love reading

Following research showing that many secondary students are not challenging themselves with their reading, Karen Sullivan offers some ideas to inspire reluctant readers

In my last article, we looked at research showing that a significant percentage of secondary school students are reading books that are more appropriate for younger readers, less challenging and, thus, less likely to promote the very real benefits of reading on overall health and cognitive development (The many and varied benefits of reading..., SecEd, June 2017).

While it is undoubtedly good news that kids are reading, particularly at a time when distractions are multitudinous, and we should celebrate the fact that they are taking the time to crack open the spine of a book, we should also be encouraging young people to read further and more widely, outside their comfort zones, and into realms thought-provoking and even challenging.

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