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Twinkl Phonics: Approved by Teachers, Parents, and now the Department for Education

Long recommended by schools and teachers, Twinkl Phonics is now validated by the Department for Education. After years of trust from the education community, the systematic synthetic whole-school phonics programme was approved by the DfE on 17th December.

Providing activities, guidance and resources for every phase, Twinkl’s proven phonics programme gives educators the resources and...

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The Unmumsy Mum Joins Literacy Charity to Bring Books to Children this Christmas

Author, Sarah Turner aka. ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ and Ambassador of literacy charity UK Reads led a South-West book drop to encourage a love of reading and support children who don’t own a book of their own at home.

Sarah visited a school and refuge centre in Exeter to distribute books and encourage people to donate to the charity’s Big Give Christmas Campaign.

Caroline Burkie, COO said: ‘...

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Chris and Rosie Ramsey to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story

The parenting duo are teaming up to read a story about friendship and being true to ourselves.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories has always been extremely special to me. As a mother it signals the end of a long, full day with your children, snuggles on the sofa and a bit of breathing time. I’m so happy we’ve been given the opportunity to be on the other side and read to the nation’s children,...
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Celebrate the joys of reading for pleasure ahead of National Read a Book Day

National Read a Book Day is on Monday 6 September

Reading isn’t just for National Read a Book Day, but it’s a great opportunity to focus on the benefits of reading for pleasure, says former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education resource experts PlanBee

Although it may look passive, reading is very much an active pastime. Children can learn and develop so many...

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Drake Circus launches summer holiday reading campaign to support children's wellbeing

Drake Circus has partnered with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new summer holiday reading campaign, as new research reveals that almost half of children (46%) in the South West claim that reading makes them feel better.

The ‘Read More, Feel Better’ campaign is designed to help children across the community to continue reading for fun over the summer holidays, with a...

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£10 million scheme to help pupils boost core skills

Programmes targeted at pupils starting primary and secondary school, who will take part in focused English and maths catch-up sessions

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Pupils in participating schools are set to benefit from more support in maths and English, as part of a £10 million scheme announced on Friday.

Specialist training...

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been re-released with entirely BLURRED text to highlight the importance of children’s eyesight


Beloved British children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been re-released with entirely BLURRED text and illustrations to highlight the importance of children’s eyesight

The College of Optometrists has re-released one of the best known and most popular works of English literature fiction - Alice’s Adventures...

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New parenting book to get kids talking

A new, illustrated, hardboard book has been launched to aid and develop children’s speech. Published by Little Frog Media, DeeDee and DanDan’s Busy Day is an interactive reading book that has been written by parents of a late talking child.

Following extensive research into how best to support and encourage their son’s vocabulary, Aneta and Mariusz Wojcik established that reading to...

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Schoolreaders, a national children’s literacy charity, is delighted to announce that British explorer and author Levison Wood is championing its RACE FOR READING campaign. The campaign aims to raise vital funds to be able to support more primary school children with their reading skills. Before the pandemic 1 in 4 children was leaving primary school with poor literacy skills and school...