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Last call to sign up your school’s star readers to the National Reading Champions Quiz

Celebrate your school’s champion readers by registering a team for the quiz by 31 January 2023

 

To register: literacytrust.org.uk/reading-quiz

 

The National Reading Champions Quiz from the National Literacy Trust is back for its third consecutive year, thanks to generous funding from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

 

There are still a limited number of spaces available before the closing deadline on 31 January. The Reading Quiz is the only national reading quiz which is entirely dedicated to knowledge of fiction books, meaning that schools can celebrate their star readers, while also championing the benefits of reading, learning and working as a team to the wider school.

The Reading Quiz is an inclusive event open to all schools across the UK. It costs £20 to enter a team (of up to four members) and pupils must be aged 10 – 14 years. Each school can enter a maximum of two teams. Out of the 500 spots available there are only limited places left, so don’t let your school miss out – sign up today.

Regional heats will take place across the spring and will be led once again by fun and engaging quizmaster ‘Mr Dilly’, providing an entertaining as well as educational experience for teams taking part.

The winners from the heats will meet in central London for the Grand Final on 6 June, where teams can experience the excitement of competing live and enjoy special guest appearances from renowned authors.

Henrietta Roberts, Senior Project Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are so excited to be able to run the National Reading Champions Quiz for the third time. This is a chance for schools to put their best readers in the spotlight, the same as they might do for sports stars or art whizzes. Taking part in this quiz can help children feel a sense of pride, self-fulfilment and confirmation that their literary knowledge is important and enriching. It’s also just such a fun event, you don’t want to miss out.

“Furthermore, preparing for the quiz by learning collaboratively with other pupils, school librarians and teachers can help pupils to gain confidence and enjoy working in a team. We hope that by entering teams in the quiz, schools can inspire their other students to visit the school library and get into reading for pleasure.”

Barbara Hayes, Deputy Chief Executive at the ALCS, said: “We are delighted once again to be partnering with the National Literacy Trust to put on this fantastic reading quiz. It’s a brilliant opportunity for enthusiastic readers to be proud of their fiction book knowledge but also to learn about what it takes to be an author and how the publishing and copyright industry works. We look forward to welcoming every team to this year’s National Reading Champions Quiz.”

A representative from last year’s winning school said:

“We are really thrilled to have won the 2022 quiz. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event – we all had a fantastic day at the final and are looking forward to entering again in 2023!”

 

Find out more and register for the quiz here: literacytrust.org.uk/reading-quiz

 

New research shows that 3 in 10 children see footballers as role models as Marcus Rashford Book Club engages 25,000 children to inspire a love of reading

 

New research from the National Literacy Trust finds that 3 in 10 (29.8%) children and young people see footballers as role models, rising to almost 1 in 2 (45.8%) of boys, with over a third (35.5%) of children saying that seeing a role model read would make them want to read more. With almost a quarter of children saying they have no one that inspires them to read and with children’s reading enjoyment at an all-time low, the Marcus Rashford Book Club project is more important than ever.

“Marcus Rashford is a true inspiration for children. He and other footballers are crucial to reaching children and young people who aren’t engaging with the more familiar reading role models of teachers and parents,” says National Literacy Trust’s Chief Executive Jonathan Douglas. “It’s alarming to see that a quarter of children say they don’t have anyone who inspires them to read and act as a reading role model. That’s why it’s so brilliant that Marcus Rashford, a role model for so many children, is championing the joys of reading and that the Book Club continues the National Literacy Trust’s work in finding the places and spaces that children love to be in – on the football pitch! – and bringing reading to them.”

The Marcus Rashford Book Club, a partnership between the National Literacy Trust, Macmillan Children’s Books, and KPMG, picks accessible books that appeal to a wide range of young readers and has so far gifted more than 200,000 copies to encourage reading for enjoyment. Reading for enjoyment is associated with higher literacy levels as children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to read above the expected level for their age group, which in turn is linked to not just success at school, but better job opportunities, higher earnings, and better physical and mental health throughout their adult lives.

The best-selling The 13-Storey Treehouse, written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton, has been chosen by the Marcus Rashford Book Club for this October and 25,000 copies will be gifted to children in schools with the lowest levels of literacy and the highest rates of poverty, alongside classroom activities specially designed to encourage a culture of reading in the classroom.

Andy Griffiths comments: “I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by books with reading being modelled by my parents as a very natural and pleasurable way to spend time. I’m aware however, that not all children have such easy access to books which is why I’m so happy for The 13-Storey Treehouse to be included in the Marcus Rashford Book Club. I’m passionate about the power of reading to change lives and the more books that young readers can get their hands on, the more lives can be changed!”

Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, MD Macmillan Children’s Books says: “Marcus Rashford speaks to children and young people in such a powerful way and it is clear that they listen to him. Marcus gives his readers permission to focus on their dreams; he is both aspirational and inspirational. The Marcus Rashford Book Club has reached hundreds of thousands of children since its launch in 2021 and, through our partnership with the National Literacy Trust and KPMG, we are now able to donate more books to those who need them the most. We are delighted to embark on this new stage in the campaign together this autumn.”  

The 13-Storey Treehouse is the first in the multi-award-winning Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton that has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Full of slapstick humour and a laugh-out-loud combination of text and cartoon-style illustrations, this book has been picked for the Marcus Rashford Book Club for its easy-to-read style and accessibility, and its side-splitting humour that will engage even the most reluctant of readers.

Rachel Hopcroft CBE, Partner and Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG in the UK, said:

“Alongside numeracy and lifelong learning, literacy is one of the major building blocks of social mobility, and yet 1 in 8 children don’t have a single book at home. As a firm, KPMG UK is committed to improving social mobility, working with our local communities and partners to raise skills and aspirations. We’re thrilled to be working alongside Marcus Rashford, Pan Macmillan and the National Literacy Trust, helping more children experience the joy of reading while also building a fairer and more equal society for all.”

For more information about the Marcus Rashford Book Club, please visit literacytrust.org.uk/ marcus-rashford-book-club/

To read Role models and their influence on children and young people’s reading, please visit https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/role-models-and-their-influence-on-children-and-young-peoples-reading or see attached.  

Short Édition introduces the Short Story Cube at BETT 2022

In the UK, reading for pleasure is at an all-time low: in 2020, less than half of children and young people said they enjoy reading, according to the National Literacy Trust.  Short Édition is on a mission to change that and will be at BETT show (stand NK31) to introduce the Short Story Cube, a device that encourages primary, secondary and higher education students to read, write and share their work, via a connected creative writing platform: the Short Story Portal. The Cube is designed to encourage young people to discover the joy of reading and the pride of writing, within a framework set by teachers on the Short Story Portal to ensure the content is suitable and relevant to each class’s curriculum.

Behind the Short Story Cube

Short Édition is best known for its Short Story Dispensers, which provide free reading experiences, or ‘fiction on the fly.’ The Dispensers can be found worldwide, including 3 Dispensers just around the corner from the BETT show in Canary Wharf! In the UK, the University of Lincoln and Sheffield Hallam University also have 2 Dispensers each, and Epsom College is due to receive one in June.

Short Édition worked closely with the French Ministry for Education and teachers across France to see how they could make the Dispenser more suitable for the classroom. Teachers were unanimously convinced by the technology and the idea, but wanted a lighter, smaller, more economical version that was easier to transport, and so the Short Story Cube was born! It was put to the test by over 2,500 pupils in 11 primary schools and secondary schools and proved to be popular with teachers and students alike.

Create a love of reading

The Short Story Cube is designed with users in mind. It can be used to access a wealth of content – both from Short Édition’s curated library with collections (language, contemporary, classics or themed), and from your imagination! When combined with the Short Story Portal, the Cube can also publish students’ compositions.

The combination of both an in-classroom and an online experience has been proven to inspire creativity, thinking and analysis. For students, this encourages them to write, which is the basis of a love of reading. It also gives them a creative outlet that, conversely to gaming, gives them a physical object and the pride of creating a story that is then publicly available.

For everyone

The Short Story Cube makes literature accessible to everyone and can be configured to different levels of difficulty. It includes a specific module for neurodivergent users, to support students
with dyslexia, dysphasia, dyspraxia and multidys with the reading comfort they need to gain confidence as well as boosting attention and comprehension skills.

The Cube produces diverse forms of literature, from short stories to poetry to comics. As the educator is in charge of programming the settings, themes, genres and length, it is as relevant in a leading university as it is in a Year 7 classroom. Short form literature is less intimidating for struggling readers, whereas the possibility of publishing student texts is rewarding for both students and teachers at any level.

For educators, set up couldn’t be easier and the Cube requires very little attention. It is a plug-and-play device with easy content configuration, using 4G to function – no WiFi or wires are needed. It’s easy to transport, to share with other teachers, librarians and partners, and the admin portal allows real-time monitoring of each Short Story Cube (statistics by location, paper consumption), and there are alerts when a roll of paper is running out. The paper itself is 100% recyclable, FSC and BPA-free, and as printing is only on demand there is no waste, ink or cartridge!

 

Short Édition will be on stand NK31 at BETT Show, as part of the French Pavilion, and will have a Short Story Cube on site for you to try for yourself. To organise an interview, or for any more information, please contact:

Penny Atkinson / penelope.atkinson@businessfrance.fr / +44 (0)20 81 32 45 89