Read for My School
Read for My School is the national schools reading competition from Pearson and Booktrust, with support from the Department for Education.
Reading for pleasure is at the heart of the initiative, which aims to generate excitement about books and cultivate long-lasting positive attitudes towards reading.
Read for My School challenges children attending primary and secondary schools in England to read as many books as they can across two months of the spring term. Prizes are available for pupils and for schools taking part in the competition, at regional and national levels.
In 2014, Over 850,000 books were read by over 200,000 participants. The competition is available to pupils in Years 3-8 and registration for the 2015 competition is now open.
Read for My School is:
- free for primary and secondary schools in England
- open to classes in years 3 and 4; 5 and 6; and 7 and 8
Children who attend participating schools are encouraged to:
- read as much as they can
- explore a variety of genres and formats
- make their own choices as readers
- recommend titles to friends
- submit a written piece about the power of reading and giving
The competitive element of the programme is designed to:
- be fun and motivate children of all abilities, with a variety of interests, to read for pleasure
- give children the opportunity to read and write their way to rewards for themselves and their schools
All participating schools were:
- given exclusive access to an online library of titles which their pupils can read for free on the competition website.
- able to download a list of Recommended Reads from a variety of publishers, which teachers can encourage their pupils to look for at home and in their school or local library or bookshop.
Jeremy Strong, children's author and 2014 Read for My School ambassador:
I'm really lucky that my work as a children's author takes me into schools up and down the country. And what always strikes me when I talk to children that read a lot is that they do so because it's fun. I wouldn't sell many books if children were only reading because it was useful or because they'd been told to by their teacher. Read for My School is a brilliant initiative because it's based on the idea that the more you enjoy reading - the more it inspires you, makes you guffaw, or cry, or exclaim, or scratch your head - the more you'll want to read.
Viv Bird, Chief Executive, Booktrust:
Over the years Booktrust's national schools programmes and resources have proved to be invaluable in helping pupils become enthusiastic and confident readers, so critical for their personal and educational development. With Read for My School, we have the chance to build on that success and really crack the challenge of helping all children to enjoy reading.