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Reading for Success: How to Get Your School On Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School.

Course Details:

Reading for Pleasure can play a key role in raising attainment and successfully supporting a wide range of pupils' academic, personal, social and emotional learning outcomes. In particular, it can become the key driver in supporting the literacy agenda.


This very practical session focusses on tried-and-tested fun reading activities and approaches and how to create a whole-school reading culture based upon reading for pleasure.


By the end of the day, participants will -

  • understand the importance of fun whole-school activities in promoting reading for pleasure
  • understand the importance of reading for pleasure in relation to Literacy, Attainment, Transition, Pupil Voice, Speech and Language, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and other key education agendas
  • understand current trends in children's reading for pleasure and how we can harness these to promote literacy
  • be equipped with a tried-and-tested approach to planning, delivering and evaluating reading activities, in order to link with school priorities, including literacy
  • be equipped with many tried-and-tested fun reading activities
  • be more confident in using these activities and in creating new activities
  • be supported in starting to plan how all of this can be applied to their own schools' stiutations
  • not be put on the spot
  • have fun!

Trainer: Jerry Hurst

Jerry Hurst has been involved with school libraries for many years.  During the 1980s and 1990s he was Head of Young People's Library Services in the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Southwark. While at Southwark he developed library-based Homework Help Clubs and Reading Groups for children, teenagers and families.

Since June 2001, Jerry has been an independent trainer and consultant working across the UK and Ireland with library, museum and archive staff, teachers, youth workers, parents, carers, children, teenagers and adults. He is working with The Reading Agency on their Orange Chatterbooks, Enjoying Reading and Their Reading Futures initiatives. Jerry is also a Learning Consultant for Young Cultural Creators, the innovative reader and writer development programme funded by Museums, Libraries and Archives London.

Key Audience:

This course has a Primary School focus and is intended for Teachers, Literacy Coordinators, School Librarians, Teaching and Learning Coordinators and other interested staff.

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.