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Literacy Leaders - 2016 Pilot Evaluation

The Literacy Leaders project ran from September 2015 to June 2016 for the first time in five London secondary schools, reaching 1,170 students.

Qualitative data collected from students and teachers show that the project was very beneficial to the Literacy Leaders. In particular,  the young Literacy Leaders have become more aware of how important literacy is for themselves (and fellow students) to succeed at school and in life. They have also become more enthusiastic about literacy in its many forms, notably poetry which some of them have discovered more about during the project thanks to author, performance poet and spoken word artist visits to schools. The group discussions show that the Literacy Leaders are proud of their role in the school and the skills they are able to display, that they have grown in confidence through their participation in the project. They also seem particularly keen to help fellow students and to continue with the successful team work they have experienced via the project.

Furthermore, a post-project survey showed that Literacy Leaders have more positive attitudes than their peers when it comes to the character development objectives of the project, such as increasing confidence, ambition or problem-solving skills. 61.2% of Literacy Leaders want to do more for their community now that they have taken part in the project, compared to 51.4% of other students. Likewise, 59.2% of Literacy Leaders feel they play an important role in their school whereas only 32.5% of the other students feel the same way. 

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