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Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!

Course Details:

Children’s reading attainment is enhanced if they read for pleasure, and there are many other benefits – both in literacy and throughout the curriculum.  Those benefits are particularly valuable in Special Needs children.


This course looks at what reading for pleasure is; why it matters; and how to encourage it throughout the year, to every child, regardless of ability.  It includes a comprehensive survey of reading initiatives, and lots of practical ideas to use straight away.  Throughout, it spotlights examples of both materials and initiatives for SEN children.


The day will be split into six sessions:


Setting the scene

- What is Reading for Pleasure, and why is it important?

- Creating a Reading for Pleasure school (a ‘Reading Culture’ for all)

- Role Models for Reading, and implications for libraries (discussion in groups or pairs)


A Powerhouse for Reading

- Creating a lively school library which welcomes every potential reader


Celebrating Reading through the Year

- National events, campaigns, awards; plus local initiatives (discussion in small groups)


Target Groups

- Special Needs children

- Reluctant Readers

- Getting Boys into Books – and keeping girls on board! (includes discussion in groups)


Using Media and ICT

- Websites; e-books; video and audio in school

- Beyond school: Linking with TV, Feature films, DVD and Print


Action planning, sources of help, and questions

Trainer: Alec Williams

Alec Williams is a trainer, speaker, and international storyteller, whose work takes him around the UK and to over thirty countries across the world – from Argentina to Korea, from the USA to Burma.  He also has wide experience of children’s books through a career in libraries, so is the ideal person for a course which shows the best of stories from books, as well as traditional tales from memory.

Alec’s performance work is with all ages of children, from Early Years to mid-teens.  He uses high-energy folk stories and brilliant picture books, along with join-in poetry and drama-filled extracts from contemporary fiction. 

A former Chair of the School Library Association, an Honorary Member of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group, and one of the National Literacy Trust’s ‘Reading Champions’ for his work with boys, Alec is a frequent visitor to schools, and full of down-to-earth practical advice that will help every librarian and teacher.  His training courses are rich in humour, anecdotes, extracts and examples.

Key Audience:

Primary school staff with responsibility for the school library and/or Literacy

Venues and Dates:

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