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Enid Blyton Bursary in association with Enid Blyton Entertainment 

Please note applications are now closed

We have awarded five funded places at our Reading for Pleasure in Key Stage 2 training taking place this autumn, generously funded by Enid Blyton Entertainment.

Ten runners-up have received a year's membership of the National Literacy Trust Network.

Celebrating 75 years of The Famous Five

LEA Five on a Treasure IslandThe bursary marks:

  • the 75th anniversary of The Famous Five, Enid Blyton’s best-loved adventure series
  • new editions of the Famous Five books with wonderful cover illustrations by Laura Ellen Anderson

Enid Blyton was a trained teacher and a great advocate for children and their reading development. She understood what appealed to children when reading for pleasure and the reward and enjoyment that can come from sharing stories. The enduring popularity of her work shows how relevant those values still are.

About the training

Winning entrants will be invited to attend training in:

  • Swindon on 10 October with a twilight follow-up on 23 January
  • Liverpool on 17 October with the twilight session on 16 January.

This training is designed to introduce teachers in Key Stage 2 to a range of strategies to improve reading for enjoyment in the classroom. We know this can improve attainment in other areas too.

Participants trial approaches that work and at the follow-up session are invited to share their findings and plan to promote across their school.

If you would like to attend this training we are now taking bookings. The cost is £350 for the first participant and £250 for every colleague that you bring. Participants also receive a year's membership of the National Literacy Trust Network and we invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge. 

Email or call 020 7587 3067 to book your place.

Free resource

Enid Blyton Entertainment have also worked with us to produce a FREE resource, taking page 75 of one of Enid Blyton's classic stories and helping you find ways to build excitement and anticipation in the classroom. This is just one of many strategies we will look at in the training!

Download the resource

You can also find more teaching resources at the

Our training

We offer training in different areas including cross-curricular literacy and narrowing the gender gap.

Find out more

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.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.