Reading Matters specialises in one-to-one support to motivate young people to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers. North Lincolnshire Leads The Way With Reading Support Reading Matters are delighted to be working in partnership with the North Lincolnshire Local Education Authority on a drive to improve literacy skills in their schools.
The post North Lincolnshire Leads The Way With Reading Support appeared first on Reading Matters. Over the last few weeks, we have trained around 130 brilliant young Reading Leaders in primary schools in North Lincolnshire. Reading Leaders are older pupils who volunteer to be positive reading role models in schools and help younger children with their reading development. With the days getting ever shorter and the temperatures becoming increasingly uncomfortable outside, now is the time of year that we’re spending more time indoors. The campaign will start in Spring 2016 with a Shakespeare festival, celebrating his enormous legacy to literature on the 400th anniversary of his death.
There will also be an exciting, children’s books season, which will include a major BBC2 documentary about the life and work of Roald Dahl and a BBC4 film following a group of primary school children as they learn to read.
During the last academic year we supported 6,417 children and young people, 96% of whom showed a marked improvement in reading performance. The report reveals an average improvement of 12 months in reading age, after one hour of intervention each week for a 10 week period.
The Chief Executive of Reading Matters, Rachel Kelly, has recently become an ambassador for Children’s Reading Festivals.
The post Liz Pichon and Tom Palmer bring literacy to life at the Reading Matters’ conference appeared first on Reading Matters. We held our annual literacy conference on the 9th of July, at The Holiday Inn in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. A big thank you to all our wonderful speakers, workshop facilitators, exhibitors and delegates for making the event such a success.
Delegates were treated to a varied and engaging line-up of speakers including award-winning authors, Liz Pichon and Tom Palmer, and Mairi Kidd of Barrington Stoke, Ryan Pritchard of Artis, Rob Smith of The Literacy Shed, Alan Heath of Learning Solutions and Rachel Kelly of Reading Matters. Also, we had the pleasure of listening to some Reading Leaders and their partners from All Saints Catholic College in Huddersfield who came and explained to us, in their own words, how Reading Matters has made a positive difference to their experience of reading.
We are delighted with our new conversation cards, developed in conjunction with Fink, that launched at the conference last week. Tickets are just ?110 per delegate and include all the speakers, a choice of two workshops, exhibitor stands, a two course lunch, goody bag and ?50 Reading Matters voucher.Book here now.Happy Reading!
Liz Pichon, the multi award-winning children’s author and illustrator, best known for her series of Tom Gates novels, feels passionately about supporting our mission of helping all children to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers. Liz has also agreed to speak at our literacy conference on the 9th of July in Brighouse, which is really exciting and will undoubtedly ‘draw’ a crowd! Rachel Kelly, Reading Matters CEO said, “We are delighted that Liz has agreed to become a patron.
Liz joins the author Michael Morpurgo and the poet Ian McMillan, who are already patrons of Reading Matters and we are really looking forward to working with this auspicious team to improve literacy attainment and change lives. Rachel Kelly Joins ACEVO Board We are delighted to announce that Rachel Kelly, Reading Matters Chief Executive has recently been elected to the ACEVO board of trustees.
The long-established Children’s Bookshop in Lindley, Huddersfield is marking a change in management with a flash book sale tomorrow from 9am to 8pm.
Bringing Literacy to Life at the Reading Matters Conference Plans are now in full-swing for our nextliteracy conference, to be held on the 9th of July in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, with the theme Bringing Literacy to Life. The post Tom Palmer Kicks Off Reading Matters’ Conference appeared first on Reading Matters. Other confirmed speakers are Mairi Kidd, Managing Director of Barrington Stoke, Rob Smith the Director of the Literacy Shed, an organisation that provides teachers with ideas for literacy teaching using film and animated resources and The Conservation Volunteers who will show us how to incorporate the outdoors as a stimulus for literacy development. Don’t forget to book your place at the 3rd Reading Matters Fundraising Gala Dinner on Saturday 25th of April. Reading Matters moved into a more spacious office at the Yorkshire Water site on Halifax Road during January. Christmas always makes me think of my own children’s excited faces and this brought to mind this report published by Eureka, the National Children’s Museum, on play in the 21st century. I was recently asked to write an article for Carousel magazine, this has now been published and I thought I would share it with you. Research is accumulating, which suggests that a growing number of children do not read for pleasure (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
Despite the best intentions of parents, carers and teachers, there are still young people in all schools who find no pleasure in reading at all.
Our recent ‘Reading for Pleasure, Boosting Attainment’ conference brought 150 delegates together to discuss ways of encouraging reading for pleasure, personalising reading support, develop strategies for whole school reading for pleasure, examine and consider ways of engaging those students who find reading really hard, and moving those students who fall into the ‘can read’ camp into the ‘want to read’ group.
How do Reading Matters encourage children and young people to read for pleasure? We respect the fact that all children and young people are different. We have been delighted recently to gain the support of two new corporate supporters. Thank you to them both. The post A-Z of Fundraising Ideas and new corporate supporters appeared first on Reading Matters. Christeyns have been holding fundraising events on our behalf and are now supporting our Reading Mentor service in Bradford. Perhaps you, your family, school or organisation might consider supporting Reading Matters through a fundraising event?
Reading Matters improves reading skills and all money raised and support given benefits children and young people who are struggling with reading, giving them the literacy skills they need for life. Reading Matters and Morley Literature Festival Only one more sleep and the Morley Literature Festival begins. The patron of the festival, Gervase Phinn, is also providing the after dinner entertainment at our Fundraising Gala Dinner on 25 April 2015 in Bradford. For those of you in schools and other educational establishments, I do hope the new academic year has started well. Following two extremely successful annual Reading Matters’ conferences, we have a date for the next one, 9 July 2015. Our third fundraising gala dinner will held on the 25 April 2015 at the Midland Hotel in Bradford.

Join the BANANAGRAMS School Challenge and help boost your pupil’s vocabulary and improve their spelling by encouraging them to play with language! The BANANAGRAMS Challenge provides KS2 pupils with an enjoyable and interactive way to develop language skills as they play and learn with words.
The Challenge will start in January 2015 and all schools participating will receive a FREE Welcome Pack worth over ?40. The Challenge is limited to 500 schools only so hurry up and register your school to be part of the first ever BANANAGRAMS Challenge in the UK.
If someone looked at ‘Reading for Pleasure’ in your school or a school you know, what would they see? As you may know there is a strong emphasis in the new curriculum on schools and their partners developing a love of reading in children.
Well one of the answers is to come to the Reading Matters Conference on 8 July 2014 in West Yorkshire.
The full day cost just ?95, including lunch, refreshments, goody bag and includes great speakers and choices of workshops along with time for networking with attendees and speaking with exhibitors including Collins, Oxford UP and Barrington Stoke. Marilyn Brocklehurst of the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre: Enticing readers with the wonderful and unmissable! Take a look at last year’s event on our website, perhaps you can spot yourself or maybe you will be in this year’s film!
We are proud to announce that we are the charity partner of the Morley Literature Festival taking place from the 4 – 12 October 2014. Last week, we had a stand at the two day Buy Yorkshire conference at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
The post Reading Matters at the Buy Yorkshire Conference appeared first on Reading Matters. Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre: Enticing readers with the wonderful and unmissable! Every delegate will receive a goody bag packed with resources from various publishers and other exhibitors and a ?50 voucher redeemable against a new Reading Matters service.
The post Educating Yorkshire’s Mr Burton to speak at conference appeared first on Reading Matters. Tuesday 8 July 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Brighouse HD6 4HW, just off junction 25 of the M62. A day packed with speakers, workshops, exhibitors and a chance to network.We are delighted that Matthew Burton will be joining us a speaker. Marilyn Brocklehurst of The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre: Enticing readers with the wonderful and unmissable! We are appealing directly to businesses in an effort to help us reach more young people who are struggling with reading and literacy. Intervention will have a positive effect on exam grades and employability making it directly relevant to companies.
The corporate partnership initiative aims to engage businesses in our social mission by informing them about the issues and encouraging them to provide financial and practical support.
We are launching our corporate partnership initiative at the Buy Yorkshire conference at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on May 13 and 14. Reading Matters, Writing Yorkshire and NAWE have joined together to mount a major creative writing competition for all ages under the title of ‘Bike’ to celebrate the 2014 Tour De France passing through Yorkshire and to encourage young people and adults to engage with creative writing. The introduction of the microprocessor, a single chip with all the circuitry that formerly occupied large cabinets, led to the proliferation of personal computers after 1975. Work will continue in January with the training of more Reading Leaders in secondary schools and of adult volunteer Reading Mentors from the local communities. Reading Matters delivers a one-day interactive training course which ensures these peer mentors can provide the most effective and motivating reading support for their partners. In secondary schools Reading Leaders can also obtain a level 2 accreditation. Take advantage of this time to engage in conversation, play games, share books and tell stories to children, as it’s proven that all these things have a positive effect on literacy development.
It is recognised that reading for pleasure is more important to a child’s development than education or social class (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development 2002). Once again, it will be held in the magnificent Princes Ballroom of The Midland Hotel in Bradford and we guarantee you’ll have a great evening whilst helping to improve literacy skills and life chances for young people. This data is collected from our specially trained Reading Mentors and Reading Leaders and sometimes, due to timetable constraints, Reading Leaders may only be able to provide reading support once each week. ACEVO (for those who might not know!) stands for the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and is the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. There are hundreds of titles available at 50% and 25% off the retail price and schools can also be invoiced. If you book before the 26th of March you can take advantage of the Early Bird rate of ?90 per person  – a ?20 saving on the full ticket price. Several key speakers have already confirmed and we are delighted to announce that one of them is the extremely popular children’s author, Tom Palmer.
Take advantage of the early bird rate of ?90 per delegate for bookings made before 26 March 2015. It promises to be another fun-filled evening as we look forward to the company of the wonderful Gervase Phinn and the talented local band Issimo, for those who like to step out on the dance floor! Our contact details remain the same, as we have relocated only about 50 yards down the corridor, but the change makes a very positive impact to our working environment. Shop – from the easyfundraising website, search for the retailer you’d like to shop with and click through to the retailer to make your purchase. Get a donation – after you’ve made your purchase, the retailer will give you a cash reward that easyfundraising turn into a donation for Reading Matters. There are no catches or hidden charges and Reading Matters benefit from any donations you make once registered. Researchers have reached this conclusion after studying the vocabulary test scores of more than 9,400 British people at the ages of 10, 16 and 42. I have been really pleased with the findings; following Reading Matters intervention of 30 minutes once or twice a week for one school term, reading ages have improved on average by 13 months, in some cases by considerably more.
Napoleons are hosting a fundraising Ball on 26 June 2015 with all proceeds going to Reading Matters.
There are lots of possibilities in our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas. Or maybe you will come up with your own? I am thrilled that Gervase Phinn will deliver the after dinner speech followed by music and dancing.

In the introduction to the new English Curriculum there are many bullet points that make that clear. Recently our lovely Reading Mentor Manager, Christine, has been baking both for the Bradford Volunteering Fayre and as a surprise for two of the team’s birthdays. The goody bag includes Top Trumps, First News, Phoenix comic, Reading Matters ?50 voucher and more. The cost per participant for the full day including goody bag, refreshments and lunch is only ?95.
Educating Yorkshire attracted around 4 million viewers, won Best Documentary at the National Television Awards in January 2014 and has been nominated for the BAFTA Audience award.
First and foremost we want to raise awareness within the business community and show them how they can get involved.
The competition closes on 6 June 2014. It is completely free to all entrants and there are some fantastic prizes to be won. Why not have a go? For computers generally referred to as PCs, see IBM Personal Computer and IBM PC compatible. Tom, whose books are written mainly on a sporting theme, has produced 3 children’s fictional series for Puffin; Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad and has recently released the new Rugby Academy series, which promises to be a hit just ahead of the rugby world cup. Last year we raised a magnificent ?12,000 to improve young people’s reading skills – please come and help us do even better this year! Rachel’s background is in education and child care and therefore she has a solid understanding of how vital our services are and how best to deliver them.
Also once you are registered, if you choose to download the easyfundrasing app, you will be automatically notified when you visit a retailer’s website that is affiliated to the scheme. At Reading Matters, we treat young people as individuals, recognising and acknowledging their individual interests, feelings, experiences and so on.
Primarily, they are able to spend more time with individuals than school staff are able to do, getting to know him or her, finding out what they enjoy.
Performance in reading has improved in over 95% of cases, attitude to reading improved for 90%, and confidence and self-esteem improvements were seen in over 85% of young people. Here at Reading Matters, we are proud to support the festival which runs from 4 – 12 October.
We had a fantastic time, meeting and chatting with lots of different people from various different organisations and backgrounds and even had a go on a segway!
Employees can volunteer as Reading Matters Reading Mentors in local schools and firms can provide services in kind, fundraise, make regular contributions to support our work or choose to sponsor Reading Mentors or Reading Leaders courses in their local community. The ability to effectively read all kinds of printed material is crucial to success in education and in life.
We are able to do this through our one-to-one support sessions with young people, usually carried out in schools, by our trained volunteer Reading Mentors, Reading Matters’ trained and accredited Reading Leaders – older students within the same or partner school – and other Reading Matters trained staff.
The pupils know that the Reading Mentors are volunteers and that they are there, not because it is their job, but because they want to help. I sincerely hope that these results also mean these young people have been switched back onto reading; like one Year 7 student who told me after her sessions with her Reading Leader, she now regularly visits the school library and is reading to her younger brother at home, and another pupil who was new to English in Year 8, spent time with one of our Reading Mentors and enjoyed it so much that in Year 10 trained as a Reading Leader himself. There are 9 days of talks, music, arts and family events in and around Morley and Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Please also get in touch if you are able to support the event through sponsorship or by donating a prize. Many thanks in advance. Unless children and young people can find pleasure in reading, they are unlikely to develop their reading ability to the full.
Reluctant and struggling readers may already have had extra help from teachers and SEN support staff, but in spite of this (or in some cases because of this) they see themselves as unable to read or as poor readers.
Reading Mentors come from all walks of life, all with different life experiences, and their enjoyment in working with their pupil partners shines through. If you attended in 2014, see if you can spot yourself in the short film of the day. Thank you to all those who attended and to all our fantastic speakers and exhibitors, the full line up is on our website. At Reading Matters we are dedicated to switching children back on to reading by making reading fun. And this is where ‘choice’ comes in, our mentors do not listen to children reading their reading scheme books, they do not sit back whilst children take it in turns to read one page each, with each student worrying and trying to work out in advance what they will have to read. As a charity and social enterprise, our mission is to support children and young people to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers.
Reading Matters support sessions last 30 minutes and ideally take place twice a week for one school term.
Our approach is simple, Reading Mentors find out what is of interest to their younger partners and find appropriate resources. In short, we improve reading skills and along the way build confidence and self-esteem, and improve educational outcomes and life chances. Long enough to focus on specific difficulties and learning new strategies and short enough not to feel like the intervention will never end. Reading Matters sessions are fast paced, interesting, interactive and include many different types of reading, functional literacy and activities; games, fun sheets, poetry, plays, maps, leaflets, newspapers, comics, even the back of a cereal packet!
They are on an equal partnership footing with both mentor and young person contributing, and they include choice.
Reading Mentors do not say, ‘Here’s the library, choose a book’, but offer a limited choice of what they believe will be of interest to their partner, and not necessarily to themselves! They are able to match up individuals with the kind of age and ability appropriate reading material which is most likely to switch them back on to reading, which is fun, and with which the young person can experience early success. Early success in the support programme is essential if reluctant readers are not to view this as just another embarrassing situation, and this is then built upon.

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