Building bridges with books
Posted by Gemma Niebieszczanski
22 Nov 2016
This academic year the National Literacy Trust Network will be concentrating on creative, engaging and practical ways to develop and enhance parental and community engagement in school.
The research is very clear:
The more parents are engaged in the education of their children, the more likely their children are to succeed in the education system. School improvement and school effectiveness research consistently shows that parental engagement is one of the key factors in securing higher student achievement. Schools that improve and sustain improvement engage the community and build strong links with parents. (Review of best practice in parental engagement, Institute of Education, Sept 2011)
Themed around three focus areas; Our Books, Our Stories and Our Places, Network resources will aim to use these three vehicles as bridges to build greater links with our parents and communities to help support pupils’ literacy development.
Our first area, leading up to the Christmas period, seeks to build bridges with books. There is clear evidence, which shows that the relationship between book ownership and reading attitudes and abilities is consistently strong (National Literacy Trust Book Ownership 2011). Add to this the ground-breaking study from the University of Nevada (Evans et al., 2010) which found that the number of books in the home has as great an impact on children’s attainment as parental education levels and the importance of the home print environment becomes increasingly significant.
So as we begin to look towards gift giving at this holiday time, the gift of reading and the treasure and power of books provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise the profile of books in our school communities.
We encourage you to get involved by taking a picture of yourself or your students with your most treasured books. Tweet them to us @Literacy_Trust using #mytreasuredbook and we’ll retweet our favourites!
Network members can access the following resources:
- Books as treasures parent assembly: a PowerPoint presentation designed to inform parents of relevant research and develop an environment of working together to improve outcomes for pupils using the celebration of books as a starting point
- Creative ideas to engage parents through books: ideas to help develop a vibrant community of book lovers
- Family reading survey: designed to support collaboration and future development
- Christmas booklist: suggestions to encourage giving the gift of reading over the festive period
- Treasured Books: a PowerPoint introducing the idea of books as personal treasures and where to find them in the national libraries’ digital collections
- Downloadable homework template: designed for pupils to find out about the treasured books at home or in their community and record these in words and images
- Top ten tips for involving parents in learning: draws on our case study of King Richard School, Portsmouth to introduce ways of supporting parents with low literacy skills
You will need to be a Network member to access the resources listed above. Join now.
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