Launch of our Chatterbooks West Midlands school project
16 December 2012 / 1 Comment
We're really pleased to announce that we're working with Peters Bookselling Services and 10 West Midlands schools from Birmingham, Coventry and Worcestershire on a special children's reading groups' project.
Together we'll be setting up 20 new Chatterbooks children's reading groups to encourage children's love of reading. The project will be especially targetted at children who don't think reading is for them. Running untill July 2013, the project helps more schools offer children the chance to be part of a lively reading group, and to assess the impact of this experience.
We are running training sessions for schools on setting up and running children's reading groups, plus activity packs and support. The Centre for Applied Research in Psychology at Coventry University will be helping with the evaluation of the children's responses and changes in their reading skills and attitudes. All of this is being possible by the generous funding and support of Peters Bookselling Services.
Our training day at Peters
The project launched in October with a special training day at Peters in Birmingham for teachers from all the schools taking part, plus Worcestershire literacy advisers, and librarians from Coventry and Worcestershire School Library Services, who will be supporting the project with advice and resources.
Participants spent the day planning together and sharing ideas for session activities, and went away keen to get going with their Chatterbooks reading clubs:
'A very good/useful course - can't wait to see how it develops in our school'
'I felt I could go away and start my own Chatterbooks group'
If you would like to know more about the project please get in touch.
If you're already running a Chatterbooks reading club in your school, do get in touch, we'd love to hear your stories.