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Resources

Here is a selection of resources that we think are just brilliant and a great free resource for anyone interested in education. Thanks to our partners for sharing these with us... enjoy!

Wider Engagement with Audiobooks

The National Literacy Trust was commissioned by the Publishers Association to explore the use of audiobooks and their link to wider literacy engagement from the point of view of children and young people.

The report outlines findings from their tenth Annual Literacy Survey relating to children and young people’s engagement with audiobooks in 2020, in addition to findings from our survey of children and young people’s engagement with audiobooks during the COVID-19 lockdown.

At the beginning of 2020, 1 in 6 (16.3%) children and young people aged 9 to 18 said that they listen to audiobooks

During lockdown, nearly 1 in 4 (23.4%) children and young people said that they have listened to audiobooks more than before lockdown

Children and young people cite various reasons for their greater engagement with audiobooks, including having more time, being able to access audiobooks more easily than other book formats and being able to access wider content

Reflecting Realities 2020

Reflecting Realities is the first UK study looking at diversity in children’s literature. Funded by the Arts Council, their aim is to quantify and evaluate the extent and quality of ethnic representation and diversity in children’s publishing in the UK. 

7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last 3 years (2017, 2018, 2019) feature characters from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

They welcome a year on year rise in representation in children’s literature but do not however think that the work has finished. In 2019 33.5% of the school population were of minority ethnic origins, in stark contrast only 5% of children’s books had an ethnic minority main character.

Read the full report in the link above.

Wellbeing, reading and writing resources

The Literacy Trust worked with children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, to develop this series of free wellbeing-themed teaching resources for primary schools, secondary schools and parents.

Read On. Get On. (ROGO) resources 2018

The Read On. Get On. (ROGO) coalition was launched by 12 charities and educational organisations in 2014 with the aim of getting all children in England reading well by the age of 11. The resources include two lovely downloadable posters for schools to encourage reading with top tips from Cressida Cowell.

Love our Libraries case study

This wonderful case study demonstrates how one school librarian used the Foyle Primary School Library Course to help her develop a whole school community of readers.

NewsWise

NewsWise is a free, cross-curricular news literacy project for 9 to 11-year-olds across the UK. It helps teachers empower their Key Stage 2 pupils to navigate the news.

Fake News and Critical Literacy resources (cross-curricular)

This series of fake news and critical literacy resources have been created in response to the findings and recommendations from the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools.

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