Literacy

Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir inspires new teaching resource to boost secondary students’ literacy skills and confidence

Penguin and the National Literacy Trust have teamed up to launch a free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, to boost secondary students’ literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence: literacytrust.org.uk/becoming. Literacy levels and confidence amongst England’s young people is worryingly low. Last year, a third (36%) of …

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Knowsley Safari partners with reading charity Beanstalk to offer Merseyside school children ‘Somewhere Special to Read’

Children from primary schools in Merseyside have been experiencing a unique safari-themed outdoor learning adventure as part of a special project to get more children excited about reading whilst encouraging them to learn and connect to the natural world around them. The initiative was organised as part of a collaborative …

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Cultural education charity Shakespeare Schools Foundation awarded prestigious Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists

Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) has been awarded the Grant for Young Artists in the 30th anniversary year of The Praemium Imperiale. Awarded by the Imperial Family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Arts Association, the global arts prize includes five categories not covered by The Nobel Prize – painting, …

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Dragonfly Tea and Henley Literary Festival launch nationwide children’s writing competition and pledge support to Beanstalk

Children aged five to 15 across the country are being invited to enter the Dragonfly Tea Story Competition, with book vouchers and a prize-giving at one of the UK’s leading book festivals on offer to the winners. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year the Berkshire-based tea company has teamed up …

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7,000 volunteering hours spent helping children become more confident readers across England every week

Over 7,000 hours are volunteered every week to help children become confident and able readers across primary schools and early years settings in England, according to children’s reading charity Beanstalk. The organisation trains and supports reading helpers to provide one-to-one support to children aged 3 to 13 in a variety …

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