A group of Year 8 pupils at Saint Paul’s are taking part in the Premier League Reading Stars programme which aims to stimulate children who love football to engage with and achieve in literacy.
Reading Stars works in partnership with the Premier League to create a programme which has shown has a significant impact on attainment and creates positive attitudes to reading and writing. Premier League Reading Stars builds on evidence that footballers can influence the way young people view reading.
Pupils can enter the National Premier League Reading Stars Competition with the chance to win tickets to Premier League matches, there is a football related website with interactive challenges, competitions and quizzes, author visits and access to the best of football-related reading online.
“It is a programme that shows reading to be a fun activity, by introducing pupils to texts they enjoy and can relate to, through the influential medium of Premier League footballers,” explained Mr Jamie Sharrock who is leading the project at Saint Paul’s. “The influence of a footballer telling the children to read more is massive. The programme evaluations from 2014 and 2015 are very positive with the number of children who enjoy reading increasing by 75%.”
Deputy Headteacher, Miss Tina Wilkinson, said: “We wanted to harness the pupils’ passion for football and use this to appeal to reluctant readers. We loved the enthusiasm that the project created amongst the children – it really gave them a spark. It’s been an excellent way to engage pupils in reading and has been great fun too!”