We are happy to announce that we have been successful in a competitive tender process run by the Department for Education (DfE) to support Chatterbooks children's reading groups in primary schools.
The funding follows the suggestions outlined in DfE's Reading: the next steps report, released in March. In the report Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, set out plans to help more primary school pupils become confident readers and discover a love of literature, including helping primary schools set up book groups and increasing library membership.
We will use the funding to support 200 primary schools to run Chatterbooks, our successful children's reading group programme. The primary schools will receive Chatterbooks materials for the children taking part, toolkits for the group leaders, downloadable resources and training for a 10 week programme of activities. The local schools' library service will support the school with their own expertise and provide book collections for the groups. We will also be working with public libraries who will help all year 3 pupils at each primary school sign up at their local library.
As part of the project, we are encouraging other primary schools to download Chatterbooks resources to find out more about running children's reading groups and try out some of the activities. Primary schools will be able to access our monthly Chatterbooks packs, which focus on a particular theme each month with activities, quizzes, book recommendations and discussion ideas.
As well as the 200 schools identified as part of the initiative, we're looking for additional primary schools and libraries who are interested in using our materials and resources. Register your interest here and we'll get in touch.
If you'd like to set up a Chatterbooks group at your school or library, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch or sign up to our Chatterbooks newsletter