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Inclusive education - Early Years leads the way!

Our Achieving Early Lead, Maureen Hunt, looks at why inclusive education is still a relatively new concept

Engaging children in literacy in a broad spectrum school

Castle Wood School is a broad spectrum primary school where over 70 per cent of the children have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition. Many children are non-verbal and communicate through gestures, behaviour, signing and exchanging photographs therefore conventional literacy isn’t appropriate for all. Suzanne Kavanagh from Castle Wood School talks us through what they do to engage their children in literacy

Working together to promote a love of reading

From global stories to book bingo, Rhian Harris, Assistant Headteacher at Hauxton Primary School in Cambridge, shares what they have been doing as part of our 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge

Mindfulness through reading

Julie Pearson and Maureen Taylor, Co-Founders of Mindful Life Journeys look at the pleasant and rewarding release and relaxation simply picking up a book can have on your mind

Reading together: a blast from the past

Russell Hobby, CEO, Teach First reminisces on the books he loved as a child and the importance of reading with your children

Inspiring a generation of lifetime readers

World Book Day marks the launch of our 100 Million Minutes Reading challenge and the start of something big. Professor Sonia Blandford discusses how to inspire a generation of readers

Dyslexia: overcoming the challenges of reading

Great blog from British Dyslexia Association on 'cracking the code' of written language

Using literacy in innovative and creative ways to improve your school

Our Product Development & eLearning Manager, Marius Frank talks about his journey in tripling GCSE results and how using literacy built pupil self-esteem and self confidence

Making children more confident learners

Fiona Griffiths, Saint John’s Reading Lead, told us how they promote a whole school approach to reading and what they do to provide their children with a brighter future by raising the enjoyment of reading.

The importance of our local library

Professor Sonia Blandford looks at the importance of using local libraries to encourage children and young people to read

Closing the gap in reading is everyone's business

Catherine Knowles looks at the Read On. Get On Index and the persistent literacy gap between the lowest and highest performing children across the country

Let's make books central to all early years practice

Our Achieving Early Lead, Maureen Hunt, looks at how to make books central to all early years practice

I think I am happy. Therefore I am happy

Great blog from our CEO, Professor Sonia Blandford on mental health issues across social and economic boundaries and how schools can support their pupils

Born to Fail?

Professor Sonia Blandford delves into why working class children do not achieved why this is not the will to stop the growth of disadvantage among the working class