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Frequently asked questions about Premier League Reading Stars

  1. What is Premier League Reading Stars?
  2. What is Premier League Primary Stars?
  3. When will resources be available?
  4. Is there any training available on how to deliver PLRS?
  5. Do I need to attend PLRS training?
  6. Can secondary schools take part? 
  7. Can public libraries take part?
  8. Does it cost to take part?
  9. Which children should be taking part?
  10. I don't have a local Premier League team near me. Can I still take part?
  11. What sort of support can I expect from my local football club?
  12. Can I get a player to visit my school or library?
  13. Can you arrange for me and my group to visit a stadium?
  14. My pupils don't follow football. Can we still run the programme but focus on other sports?
  15. How can parents get involved?
  16. Press enquiries
  17. Further questions

What is Premier League Reading Stars?

Premier League Reading Stars is a free reading intervention for pupils from Years 5 & 6 who are under-achieving. It is part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer. Find out more about Premier League Reading Stars.

What is Premier League Primary Stars? 

Premier League Primary Stars provides free online education content for all primary school teachers and pupils in England and Wales. Available from the autumn term 2016, the programme provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for PE and PSHE, with additional content in Maths, English and Enterprise planned for the near future. Find out more about Premier League Primary Stars

When will resources be available? 

Premier League Reading Stars and other Premier League Primary Stars English offers will be available to download from the Premier League Primary Stars website for free from February 2017. 

Is there any training available on how to deliver PLRS?

Yes. Free training will take place in 2017. Register on the Premier League Primary Stars website to be notified of training opportunities. 

Do I need to attend PLRS training?

We advise you to attend training although full delivery instructions and comprehensive lesson plans are provided. There are some differences from the 2015/16 lesson plans (known as Fixtures) so if you have delivered PLRS before you should still try to come along.

Can secondary schools take part? 

Yes. However, secondary schools please note that these offers are designed for primary school pupils. Teachers who wish to use these resources for students from Year 7 who are underachieving are very welcome to participate and we would encourage you to do so. Please also note that the National Literacy Trust is currently developing an exciting new programme for secondary schools which will be available this academic year. To find out more please complete our Expression of Interest form

Can public libraries take part?

Yes. Please work with your local school to identify the right pupils for participation. 

Does it cost to take part? 

Premier League Primary Stars activities are available to download for free.

Which children should be taking part ?

Premier League Reading Stars is a reading intervention designed for children from Years 5 & 6 who are struggling to reach the expected levels of literacy. We recommend working with a targeted group of no more than 15 pupils. The National Literacy Trust is also creating the Premier League Primary Stars English packs for whole class groups. These will include resources for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

I don’t have a local Premier League team. Can I still take part?

Yes. You can run the programme wherever you are in England and Wales and it doesn’t matter who your pupils support. The resources refer to all clubs currently in the Premier League.

What sort of support can I expect from my local football club? 

All Premier League clubs, and many Football League clubs, will be trained by the National Literacy Trust how to deliver Premier League Reading Stars. If you are interested in having your local team deliver the programme for you please contact their community team. Contact details are available on the Premier League Primary Stars website. N.B. Please be advised that clubs operate in very specific geographical areas and within agreements between each other. In the first instance please contact your local team and be prepared that you may be advised to contact a different club! 

Can I get a player to visit my school or library?

Players do visit a variety of community settings, including schools, but there is a very high demand for them. While we would suggest that the ask is worth a try, please do not view this as an essential part of your programme delivery. If you do secure a visit, we strongly recommend that you do not tell your pupils as last minute changes to schedules are common. Clubs will often welcome you contacting them (ask for the Head of Community in the first instance) but be aware that different clubs are able to offer different things. You should consider alternatives in terms of celebrity involvement or visitors. Try: football coaches; football authors; sports journalists. Don’t limit yourself to Premier League clubs if you're keen to involve first-team players. See Using football to promote literacy - Ideas for schools for more advice. 

Can you arrange for me and my group to visit a stadium?

There will be special author events as part of Premier League Reading Stars at stadiums. Details will be sent to those who register on the Premier League Primary Stars website. If you are interested in stadium visits outside of these days please contact your local club

My pupils and I don't follow football. Can we still run the programme but focus on other sports?

Premier League Primary Stars resources are not just football-focussed, they are written to work with pupils who love football, other sports, or other activities. Premier League Reading Stars activities are football-themed. However, feel free to adapt the lesson plans to focus on another sport that is popular with your group; you may need to get creative but as long as you are following the fixture structure and using sport to inspire your pupils to read the programme should have the same positive impact. The National Literacy Trust also has free cricket resources for you to download as well as free rugby resources for you to download and is currently developing new programmes for schools which work with different sports. Please complete our Expression of Interest form to be notified of when these are available. Please also share with us any successes or ideas that you have – we would love to learn from you in order to help shape these new programmes and help others further. Email sport@literacytrust.org.uk.  

How can parents get involved?

We encourage you to ask parents to support children taking part in these activities. Each of the PLRS Fixtures has a ‘training’ activity to be completed at home, and several of the Fixtures are ideal for inviting parents along to. You could even run activities after school and, with a little adaptation, have parents take part. 

Press enquiries

For press enquiries please email media@literacytrust.org.uk

Further questions

Still got questions? Please email sport@literacytrust.org.uk

Premier League Primary Stars provides free online education content for all primary school teachers and pupils in England and Wales. Available from the autumn term 2016, the programme provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for PE and PSHE, with additional content in Maths, English and Enterprise planned for the near future. Find out more about Premier League Primary Stars.

 
 
 

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