Raise a Reader: A year in review
Raise a Reader Oxfordshire is a two-year collaboration between the National Literacy Trust and Oxford University Press, with the aim of raising a generation of readers in some of Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged and under-served communities.
At the end of its first year, 3,000 children from ten primary schools are now benefitting from an up-to-date dedicated library with over 5,000 books donated and specialist training delivered to support 22 teachers on how to develop effective whole-school literacy strategies.
As we head into the second year, three teachers from schools in the first cohort reflect on the difference it has made on their schools.
“Our Children are now excited about reading”
Above all, Raise a Reader is about developing a love of reading. Paul Waite, Assistant Head Teacher at Bayer’s Hill Primary School in Oxford explains the impact the programme has had:
“We needed something to happen”
OUP didn’t just donate a diverse range of books for these libraries; our volunteers went into the school to help create spaces that everyone in school would love to use. One teacher at Dashwood Academy in Banbury said:
Engaging learners with their library
Each school was able to come into OUP’s Oxford office for a day dedicated to training on how to make the most of the library.
For one teacher from John Henry Newman school, this time was invaluable:
Since then, the library has become a part of each class’s weekly timetable, with the whole school sharing a book of the week.
We’re looking forward to helping raise readers in another ten schools spread across East Oxford, Banbury, and Witney who will be taking place in the programme this year.