Opportunities for 80 further schools to take part in school libraries campaign, run with the National Literacy Trust
Puffin has places for 80 schools to take part in its second Puffin World of Stories campaign, run with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and aiming "to reinvigorate school libraries and establish them as vibrant hubs of creativity and imagination". The campaign is aimed at schools in Essex, South London, Middlesbrough, and Tyne & Wear.
Provision of school libraries is not statutory, and, according to NLT research there are no accurate records of how many school libraries there are, or whether they are staffed or funded. NLT research has also found that 10-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not enjoy reading, rising to 3.3 years by the age of 14; children who enjoy reading are also more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than their peers.
Libraries taking part in the campaign receive boxes of new books, resources and colourful materials, and teachers and librarians at the schools get specialist training. All the participants have said that they feel better equipped to develop reading communities, and better informed about how to engage pupils.
Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children's, said: "Schools across the country work so hard to get their pupils reading for pleasure. Yet we know that schools often just don't have the time or resources to invest in their libraries or reading spaces.
"At Puffin we want every child to have the opportunity to meet their creative potential: we want to help close the creativity gap. To inspire and help children discover the magic and creative freedom of reading for pleasure is a powerful and practical way to do that. That's what Puffin World of Stories is all about. Through the programme, we hope to equip teachers with the tools, knowledge and inspiration they need to bring the magic of reading to life for their pupils. We are delighted now to extend this support to 80 new schools across the UK."