Start the Story: how to get children reading for fun at your school

Find out the learnings from our free Start the Story events last year, reaching over 400 primary and secondary teachers and school librarians.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our free Start the Story series. 

We ran 17 events with 34 speakers, reaching primary and secondary teachers and school librarians in nine cities across the UK.

Here you can discover some of the innovative and practical ideas for building reading communities in school, and ensuring every child has the opportunity to feel connected through reading.

Read more about the highlights


Start the Story case studies

Primary – Bring Back Bedtime Stories

Gillian Washington, Y1 teacher at South Parade Primary School, Wakefield, was concerned that bedtime stories were becoming extinct for her pupils and their families. As a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure, she knew that something important had to be done, so launched the Bring Back Bedtime Stories campaign!

To find out more, read Gillian's feature about the campaign:

Hear how the teacher did it

Watch a short film on the Bring Back Bedtime Stories campaign  

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