World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. This is why reading needs to be at the centre of a school’s curriculum. However, The National Literacy Trust has found that reading for pleasure is at its lowest level since 2005. Additionally, research commissioned by Penguin and the Runnymede Trust found that 82 per cent of young people surveyed said they did not recall ever studying a book by a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) writer, while 70 per cent said that diversity is part of British society and should be represented on the school curriculum.
Join us for a one-hour discussion in which we consider the current obstacles facing teachers in fostering a climate of reading for pleasure, as well as sharing ideas about how we can create a diverse and inclusive KS3 literary curriculum that allows young people to connect with the texts that they are reading. There will also be an opportunity to share experiences and learn from other teachers.
This event is aimed at teachers in the UK.
Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.