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Reading for enjoyment

Reading for enjoyment has been highlighted as a priority for all schools, with recent research showing a correlation between enjoyment, attainment and wider social outcomes. Back to literacy areas

Free resources

booksEuro 2016 and the Battle of the Somme
A set of literacy activities to promote reading for enjoyment including a 16-chapter story written by children's author Tom Palmer. 

We run termly competitions for primary and secondary schools. Check out the resources related to previous competitions to promote reading for enjoyment including the Global Reading Miles Challenge

Reading Outcomes Framework
An interactive PDF which brings together all the evidence around reading for enjoyment and provides guidance on how to measure the impact of reading for enjoyment on pupils.

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Research and policy

vision for literacyChildren and Young People's Reading in 2015
Findings from our sixth annual literacy survey of 32,569 young people aged eight to 18.

The Impact of Ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Children and Young People
Findings about the impact of access to an ebooks platform on pupils’ reading motivation and skills.

Vision for Literacy 2025
As part of the National Literacy Forum, we set out our policy recommendations to enhance literacy development. 

See also our Reading Outcomes Framework.

CPD and workshops

booksReading for Enjoyment for Key Stages 2 and 3
Examine a range of approaches including teaching whole texts and develop a project to create a school-wide reading culture.

Programmes and further support

HerefordOldMarketCentreSchoolsVisitDayTwo08072105 044Premier League Reading Stars
Harnessing the power of football to motivate reluctant readers.

Young Readers Programme
Inspiring children to read for enjoyment through book choice and ownership. 

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Literacy Guide for Schools 2016/17

In line with policy, informed by research, inspired by good practice.

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Annual Literacy Review 2016/17

Review your current literacy provision and develop an action plan for moving forward.

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