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Booked Up Demise, Bookbuzz born

BookbuzzLike many of you we were shocked to receive an email late yesterday announcing the replacement of Booked Up with the new Bookbuzz and free School Library Pack.  I feel confident that colleagues at Booktrust must be as bitterly disappointed as we are to see the inclusive and successful Booked Up programme morph into programme that has to be funded from schools already stretched budgets.  The cost, even for this subsidised programme, will be more (allegedly) than some school library budgets for the year.  Having said that – the scheme does look interesting – but has some very short deadlines – so do read this, follow up on the links and register in good time.

Introducing Bookbuzz! (Text received from the Booktrust)

From the team that brought you Booked Up, Bookbuzz offers the same great variety of books for your school. Every student will have the chance to choose their own book, from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11 year olds and selected by a panel of experts. This fantastic new programme includes:

·         a book and bookmark for every participating student to keep

·         a set of the Bookbuzz books for your school library

·         access to a website packed with a wealth of information and resources.

Participating schools will also receive a kit to support reading for pleasure across the school. This indispensible resource will provide you with all you need to embed reading for pleasure at your school, including:

·         an extra staff set of the Bookbuzz books to support teachers as readers

·         a comprehensive guide to whole school reading

·         tried and tested case studies and tips from other schools.

The new Ofsted Framework highlights the importance of a whole school reading culture and together with the recently published Ofsted report 'Moving English Forward' calls for all schools to develop policies to promote reading for enjoyment. A whole school approach to reading for pleasure will be at the core of raising standards in English and our new programme is specifically designed to help schools develop and maintain a whole school approach to reading.

With the support of children's book publishers we are able to offer Bookbuzz at a greatly subsidised cost of only £2.50 per child. A school with 50 participating pupils would cost only £125 and would provide resources worth over £450.

We understand that finding a budget may be a challenge. To help you, we have guidance available online about approaching PTAs and making the case to your Senior Leadership Team. We have also produced a fundraising guide with inspirational ideas of how to raise money for your school.

As Booked Up coordinator at your school, you will already know the tangible and long-lasting impacts a programme like this can bring.

'Bookbuzz picks up right where Booked Up left off and will continue to act as a fantastic way to introduce new students to their school library. Deciding which books to choose generates lively discussions about the books between the students and helps to establish reading for pleasure not only as something for the individual to enjoy but also as a social activity inside and outside of the school. The arrival of the books creates a real buzz, not only with Year 7s, but throughout the whole school. The impact is long-lasting too - Year 9 and 10 students still talk about receiving their book and have a more positive relationship with the library and reading because of it.'  Carol Webb, School Librarian of the Year. 

We have put together a summary of the supporting evidence so that you can easily communicate these benefits to others.

Schools will be able to register and pay from Friday 23 March. The deadline for registration will be Friday 20 July. Participating schools will receive their order in the Autumn term as usual.

Early bird offer - Register by Friday 1 June to receive an additional set of six popular titles for your school library.

For more information please visit the Booktrust website or contact us by emailing bookbuzz[at]booktrust.org.uk or calling 020 8516 2986

I know colleagues at Booktrust are very keen to hear from schools and happy to answer any queries and questions you may have – please use the Bookbuzz email address.

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