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New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. 

A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.

That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book. 

The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton. 

According to the results, the 10 worst places for literacy in young people are:

1)      Brighton (13%)

2)      Norwich (12.9%) (Britain’s UNESCO City of Literature)

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

Students offered hundreds of pounds worth of career guides for free

How 2 Become Team with giveaway career books

Schools, colleges and universities are being urged to take advantage of a free offer to supply them with £300 worth of careers books from a company which specialises in helping job-seekers.

How2become.com has helped thousands of people get into their dream profession over the last decade through its various career guides and training courses.

And the company now wants to help students at a time of the year when they are preparing for exams and beginning to think earnestly about the job they want to get when they finish their education.

Win £100 Worth School Stationery Supplies - Competition Closed

Viking is offering the chance to win a £100 voucher to spend on supplies for your school, to give one school or college in the country a boost this term.

The Viking School Shop has all your every day school essentials with over 17,000 quality UK manufactured products. You'll enjoy fast, reliable delivery and supreme service on thousands of products; from pens and paper to office machines, printer cartridges, janitorial supplies, exercise books, furniture and more.

Forward thinking: formative assessment throughout the year

Being able to monitor progression throughout pupils’ academic career is essential in ensuring that all gaps in learning are addressed, but I’ve often been asked ‘how can schools achieve this without being overwhelmed by tests?’

Assessment is an integral part of school life. Regular, reliable assessments are crucial in developing a clear picture of pupil development and individual needs. Summative and end-of-year testing is perfect for measuring a pupil’s trajectory from the beginning of the year to the close of summer term. On the other hand, ‘light-touch’ formative assessments can complement these formal tests, identifying any weaknesses to be addressed during the year.