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The National Literacy Trust Network 

Manchester boy readingManchester schools have all been provided with National Literacy Trust Network membership. The Network offers a huge range of resources to help schools to improve literacy provision, including evaluation tools, lesson plans, case studies and reading lists. 

Members have access to:

  • the Annual Literacy Review, which supports literacy leaders to review their school's current literacy provision and develop an action plan for moving forward
  • the Literacy Guide for Schools, which helps interpret the ongoing policy changes and important research in key areas of literacy. 

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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants – The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

nickNick Sharratt, the man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books, is now the subject of a new colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition.

‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants – The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt’, opens at Manchester Central Library on 6 May and continues until 1 July.  The free exhibition has been brought to the city by Read Manchester, working closely with Manchester Libraries.

School visits need to be booked in advance. On 7, 8 and 9 June, Nick will be visiting the exhibition in person, with the opportunity for schools to meet the author himself. Find out more about school visits or email to book your place.

Football and literacy

The Read Manchester campaign has teamed up with the SHINE Trust to deliver football-focused literacy activity in primary schools in Greater Manchester.

Primary schools taking part will receive:

  • Access to workshops exploring themes around sport, reading for pleasure and boys’ literacy. Schools will be encouraged to access the new Premier League Primary Stars resources, which includes the 10-week Premier League Reading Stars intervention  
  • Free books for the school
  • Access to events at exciting local venues which bring together pupils, authors and football to celebrate reading

If you are interested in getting involved, please complete the expression of interest form below. Please note that places are limited.

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Manchester Network meeting

Thank you to all the teachers who attended the meeting on 15 February 2017.

Feedback and other presentations

"Great hearing what is happening across the city. Thank you for the fabulous resources. Let’s get Manchester reading!”

“Great afternoon – always useful to have an opportunity to share good practice/strategies around literacy. Looking forward to exploring resources on the National Literacy Trust website!”

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