Start the Story

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

We visited nine cities to run 17 events with 34 speakers, reaching over 400 primary and secondary teachers and school librarians.

Over the next few months we’ll be sharing 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 blog about the campaign.

Read the blog

Or watch the short film about the Bring Back Bedtime Stories campaign.  

Start the Story events, South Parade School

Secondary – Generation Read

Emily Seed, School Librarian at the Charter School, London, created the Generation Read project as a way to develop the home reading culture for a group of Year 7 students. Through exciting activities and library parties, she brought whole families together through books, and transformed her students’ attitudes towards reading.

Watch the short film about the Generation Read project.

Start the Story events, Charter School

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