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Reading Champions

Reading Champions is a unique way for both primary and secondary schools to get more of their boys enjoying reading.

Inside Reading ChampionsReading Champions is an inspirational approach that uses the positive power of peer influence to get reluctant readers, specifically boys, into reading. Previously funded by Government, the resource is now available to all network schools who want to target reluctant readers using peer influence to increase their enjoyment of reading and to positively impact on the rest of the school. 

Members of our network can access a comprehensive downloadable toolkit providing detailed guidance on how to set up and run Reading Champions in school and downloadable certificates (bronze, silver and gold).

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How does it work?

Schools recruit boys, particularly those who have a high profile among pupils, to become Reading Champions. These Reading Champions encourage other boys to get into reading by running positive reading activities and promotions. Schools can use the Reading Champions framework within school to nominate the boys for bronze, silver and then gold awards, which provide recognition for their achievement and help keep them motivated.

What impact does it have?

I-stock imageReading Champions has been hugely successful in both primary and secondary schools, and over 3,000 schools and other institutions have got involved so far. In 2009/10, we ran a Reading Champions project with a cluster of schools in Tameside local authority, and evaluated the impact of the project on these schools and boys involved. We found that, through participating in the project:

  • Reading Champions become more positive about reading, read more regularly and enjoy reading more
  • Reading Champions develop their social, communication, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Other pupils in the school become more motivated to read
  • The school’s reading culture becomes stronger and more inclusive
  • Pupils’ dads and male carers read more often with their children and talk about reading with them more often.

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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