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National Literacy Trust and Tom Palmer to produce free World Cup 2014 resources

15 Oct 2013

With England going through to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, we are delighted to announce plans to work with the children’s football fiction author, Tom Palmer, on a unique World Cup reading resource pack. The World Cup toolkit will be created by Tom Palmer and the National Literacy Trust and will use the buzz around the tournament to encourage children to read for pleasure. It will be completely free to all schools.

The World Cup reading resource pack will include a daily five-minute episodic story based around the tournament to read together as a class, writing challenges and a toolkit of reading activities to use in school. It will build on the huge successes of our 2010 World Cup reading activities, which were downloaded over 100,000 times and used by nearly 2,500 schools.  

Tom Palmer said:

"I love to use football to encourage children to read because I didn’t like reading at all when I was a boy. My mum saw me struggling and used my obsession with football to get me reading newspapers and magazines, eventually building my confidence to try reading books."


Diane Baker, a Year 6 teacher in Basildon, said:

"This comprehensive resource will provide a wealth of original and stimulating activities for teachers across the country. Tom Palmer's daily classroom read is guaranteed to thrill children across the country during the World Cup."


The 2014 football World Cup begins on 12 June and end on 13 July. The toolkit of literacy activities will be published in May 2014, giving schools time to prepare their work. The episodic story will be published on the National Literacy Trust website before 8am every weekday morning during the tournament, along with the writing challenges. 

Register your interest in this free resource pack

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