Monday, 2 March 2015

A fab guest post from Cid and Mo - Reading Allowed!

What is Reading Allowed?
Reading Allowed is a project set up to promote Reading for Pleasure and help address the problems of poor literacy skills. It embraces the power of reading aloud to motivate children to read for pleasure, for life.

Literacy Facts
Shockingly, 15% of the working age population in England are at or below the level of literacy expected of an 11 year old. This means that 5.1million people in the UK are unable to read a document such as a child’s school report.

Reading for Pleasure Research
Recent research has found that 10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure do better at school. According to research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education, 2013, reading for pleasure is more important for a child's future success than their parents' level of education.

The Department of Education states that:
"Reading for pleasure is a more important determinant of a child's future success than their family's socio-economic status"
Dept. of Education 2012

Promoting Reading for Pleasure can have a major impact on children. Their future benefits include:
 Reading attainment and writing ability
 Text comprehension and grammar
 Breadth of vocabulary
 Positive reading attitudes
Clark and Rumbold 2006

Reading Allowed Project
The Reading Allowed project recognises that, to engage children, reading needs to be fun.

Reading Allowed embraces the power of reading aloud to inspire children to develop a positive attitude to reading and motivate them to Read for Pleasure themselves.

Read Aloud
Triggers Pleasure Response
Child is conditioned to associate reading with pleasure
Increased motivation to read
Child reads for pleasure

The Reading Allowed Project is simple, effective and based on sound research.

The project has been successfully delivered into schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire.

‘It was a breakthrough. Without exception the children enjoyed the initiative and felt that they had developed greater confidence and a more positive attitude towards reading.’
Mr F Barratt, Headteacher, Sheffield.

Cid and Mo
We are absolutely delighted with Reading Allowed and the feedback it has received. Not only does the project promote Reading for Pleasure, but it also achieves results with children making fantastic progress in their reading. When we deliver the project in schools we speak to children, staff and parents as we believe that everyone can help children to learn to love reading, from a gran buying a book as present to a brother reading a story aloud in the car – it all helps!

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein

Further Information
Phone: Cid 07791511740