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National Reading Competition

Booktrust and the Pearson Foundation have together been named as the preferred bidder to lead the development, launch and operation of the national reading competition. 

The competition will aim to increase volume, range and quality of children’s reading; cultivate long-lasting positive attitudes towards reading; and encourage children to talk about and recommend books. 

The competition will lead children to a wide range of quality fiction and non-fiction, while allowing them to select books individually according to their interests, tastes and ability. It will culminate in individual, school and class prizes at regional and national level. 

The competition design aims to capture the imagination of participants, schools and parents and will be piloted and tested over the summer. It will launch in the academic year 2012/13 for pupils in year five and year six and will expand to include more pupils in future years.

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