Developing a Reading Culture

This collaborative project sought to develop a culture of reading via a series of interventions aimed at making reading more accessible, fun and linked to the vocational curriculum.

Evidence clearly shows the impact that reading can have on vocabulary, emotional intelligence and exam success. A study completed by the OECD (2002) revealed that reading for pleasure had a demonstrable effect on social mobility and was, in fact, the most important indicator on the future success of the young person.

However, there are many challenges including:

• The perception that is it “uncool” to read
• Lack of reading in the home environment
• The misconception that reading is just for English lessons

Bob Read was the strand lead for Project 3. Read his editorial: ‘Reasons to Be Cheerful‘.

Watch the group presentations at the final dissemination event by clicking play (to the right). You can also view their slides here.