Study shows celebrity-backed scheme inspires struggling readers

The TES is reporting that children’s enjoyment of reading soared when they took part in a celebrity-backed scheme linking football with literacy…

Premier League Reading Stars, which has been running since 2012, is designed to grab the attention of children aged 9 to 12 who are falling behind in reading.

Teachers, librarians or teaching assistants work with children over 10 weeks in one-hour sessions using football-themed resources from the project. They explore different types of reading such as cliffhanger stories or newspaper reports and are given reading challenges and games to do.

An interim evaluation said that 38 per cent of the 920 pupils taking part in 2013 enjoyed reading before the scheme began, but 81 per cent did so afterwards.

Children eligible for free school meals made on average about a year’s worth of progress on reading over the 10 weeks of the course – twice as much as others who were not on free school meals.

One footballer from each Premier League club has filmed an online message about reading for the scheme and a series of reading challenges – questions based on extracts from books.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who has written a series of children’s books called Frankie and the Magic Football, told viewers: “Reading is very important because it’s the base of all knowledge, it’s lots of fun and you learn lots of things.”

The full evaluation is to be published in September…

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Sounds like some really encourage outcomes here. Anyone been involved with the scheme? What doyou think? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…


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