The Reading for Pleasure Effect in Education

c. Paul Cousans
c. Paul Cousans

The Reading for Pleasure Effect in Education
Thursday 6th March, 4.40pm-6.30pm
Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Park Road West, Claughton Village, Prenton, Wirral CH43 8SQ
FREE

“I’ve started reading at home, I used to get nervous reading aloud but I’m dead good at it now.” – 11 year old reader in a shared reading session

Recent research has discovered that young people who regularly read for pleasure are more likely to perform better across all aspects of school subjects than their peers who read less, and English teachers, literary coordinators and school librarians are invited to join The Reader Organisation for this special free event exploring the positive effects of reading for pleasure in secondary schools.

The Reader Organisation has extensive experience of reading for pleasure with children and young people both in groups and one to one, in schools and other settings. The focus of all of our weekly read aloud sessions is entirely on enjoyment, taking the pressure off the young person reading which means even the most reluctant of readers can get involved. The informality of the sessions help to make reading enjoyable, encouraging a love of literature in young people while also building confidence, self-esteem, social relationships and reading ability.

Our work with children and young people in Wirral is particularly successful, with Readers-in-Residence operating in schools within the region. 100% of the young people we read with in Wirral schools said they looked forward to their reading sessions.

This special event is a showcase of The Reader Organisation’s work with young people in secondary education, giving a taste of shared reading groups and the positive impact shared reading can have on individual pupils as well as the overall environment of the school.

It’s free to attend but booking is necessary. For more information about the event and to book your place please contact Abigail: abigailleader@thereader.org.uk

Find out more about our work in schools and with young people on our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/what-we-do-and-why/education-young-people

Reading for Pleasure with The Reader Organisation

There’s been quite some focus in the042 news recently about the wonderful activity of reading for pleasure, and worries about whether our children are doing enough of it.

A  research study funded by publishing group Egmont was reported by The Guardian to suggest that today’s parents’  increasingly busy lifestyles are preventing them from having the time to actually sit down and read to their children usually after the age of five. Meanwhile, teachers argue that due to the target-driven policies of education today, they do not get time to instil a genuine love of reading in the children they teach, and introduce them to a variety of books. This means that our younger generations are missing out on one of our greatest human pleasures, and no doubt growing up with an inhibited appreciation for language and its creative power.

In December 2012, The Reader Organisation held a Reading For Pleasure In Schools Day Conference, a successful event that focused on strategies to engage primary and infant school children in reading for pleasure. That means no testing, no grades, no pressure for the child…just pure, plain, enjoyment. Over 50 teachers and teaching assistants from across Merseyside were in attendance, along with special guest speakers Frank Cottrell Boyce and two representatives from Walker Books UK. It ended with a consultation session where teachers gave their opinions on what would enable them to turn their school into a ‘Reading Revolutionary School’.

Now, we’re focusing on secondary school pupils.  Our upcoming Reading For Pleasure in Secondary Schools Day Conference will be taking place next Monday 15th July at Liverpool Hope University, and we hope that you will join us. It is one thing to get068 primary school children to read, an age group whose imaginations are still fluid, excitable, and naturally curious. It is quite another to engage secondary school pupils, who are at a greater risk of losing connection with literature because of the mental space it demands, the time within their schedule it may require, and even perhaps a slight insecurity about whether reading is indeed a ‘cool’ thing to do. During this conference, The Reader Organisation will be exploring how exactly we can encourage adolescents to read more.

On the day you can expect a range of interactive and focused sessions, including participating in shared reading sessions based on TRO’s award-winning Get Into Reading programme, and learn more about how to encourage children to read for pleasure within and beyond the classroom.

Guest speaker Frank Cottrell Boyce, best-selling author, screenwriter and patron of TRO,  will be returning and answering your questions. Founding Director Jane Davis and Liverpool Hope University Reader In Residence Charlotte Weber will also be talking about The Reader Organisation’s work, and our partnership with the university.

This event is FREE of charge, and refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day.

To book your place, please contact the Liverpool Hope Partnership Team on partnershipoffice@hope.ac.uk or call 0151 291 3062