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Schools line up for Big Diamond Jubilee Read

16 Apr 2012

diamond jubilee emblem colourThe National Literacy Trust and Oxford University Press are helping to get pupils in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth reading and writing with a new competition to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Big Diamond Jubilee Read encapsulates the excitement of the Royal Family’s tour of Commonwealth in the Diamond Jubilee year by taking children on a reading journey around the world and giving them the chance to write to pupils in another Commonwealth country and share their favourite books.

 The competition has already captured schools’ imaginations with over 1000 signing up to take part prior to the competition’s launch this week. The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the National Literacy Trust and has leant her support to the competition.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the National Literacy Trust said:

“As Patron of the National Literacy Trust I am delighted that the Big Diamond Jubilee Read competition has chosen the Royal Family’sHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall Tour of the Commonwealth to inspire children to read and write. 

I do hope you all enjoy the challenge of reading your way round the classroom map and following the journeys we make. I am sure you will also benefit enormously from your own voyage of discovery through the world of books."


The competition responds to new research from the National Literacy Trust published today.*

National Literacy Trust Director, Jonathan Douglas said:

“Our research found that children who enjoy writing very much are eight times more likely to write above the expected level for their age. We hope the competition will tap into the excitement around the Diamond Jubilee to get more children enjoying reading and writing.

We also found that nearly half of young people (48%) think being good at writing will get them a better job. At a time when a record number of young people are unemployed the competition could help children to build vital skills for their future.”


Competition prizes include a winner’s certificate personally signed by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, book vouchers (worth £50) and a family day out (worth up to £75) for the winning pupils. Their schools will receive £500 worth of books, courtesy of Oxford University Press (Diamond Reader competition), a writing workshop with a children’s author – courtesy of Oxford University Press (Diamond Writer competition) and a 12 month PRO account with Radiowaves, the award-winning safe social learning platform.

The competition is open to all UK primary schools and secondary schools (Years 7-9), as well as schools around the world**.

*   C. Clark: Young People’s Writing in 2011, National Literacy Trust, April 2012
** The main competition prizes are only eligible to UK schools

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