Image: an ESOL and literacy class from Community Education Lewisham in a book discussion at Deptford Lounge, south London
Quick Reads remain a valuable tool in supporting literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure, according to the Learning and Work Institute's annual impact evaluation.
An online survey of practitioners leading reading initiatives in schools and FE colleges, libraries, prisons, workplaces and other community groups was carried out during November 2015 and January 2016. It found:
- 95% of respondents said that Quick Reads are effective in improving learners' attitudes towards reading for pleasure
- 95% said that Quick Reads are effective in improving learners' confidence to read
- 91% of respondents said that Quick Reads are effective in improving learners' literacy skills
- 86% of respondents reported that using Quick Reads increases learners' personal confidence
- 87% of respondents estimated that at least half of their Quick Reads learners go on to read other Quick Reads titles
- 58% said that at least half of their learners enrol on other courses after reading Quick Reads
Popular as part of Reading Ahead
The survey also found that using Quick Reads books as part of Reading Ahead remains popular, with one respondent saying:
"We have used them for a long time for Reading Ahead and as they look like 'real books' and are well written they have proved very attractive."
Stephen Evans, Deputy Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute, says:
"A decade on from their first introduction, the importance of Quick Reads as a resource continues to develop. The call for more titles and a wider range of books to be made available emphasises the demand for high quality, short and engaging books for adults with all levels of literacy."
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