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ERIC Number: ED541598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
London Literacy Champions, 1 June 2011 to 31 July 2012. Evaluation Report
National Literacy Trust
Research shows that early intervention is vital to improve the life chances of children in areas and situations of disadvantage. One also knows that many less advantaged families feel more comfortable receiving advice about supporting their children's literacy from a friend or peer rather than a professional, and equally that many people are keen to support families in their local community with their children's literacy. The London Literacy Champions is a community volunteering project that aims to improve children's literacy in the capital, by boosting parents' confidence and their ability to support their children's literacy development. This project is complementary to local authority early intervention initiatives and intends to support communities in working together to help more children reach their potential. The National Literacy Trust is expanding this work to share learning to selected new areas, both within London and nationally, through funding from the charitable arm of a publishing house. London Literacy Champions used the unique power of volunteers to shift the attitudes and behaviours of families in their communities, giving them the confidence and knowledge to support their children's literacy development. Over 450 volunteers helped reach more than 1,600 families across the capital, providing them with focused and dedicated time within their often busy lives to engage with their child's communication and literacy. Appended are: (1) Volunteer equal opportunities data; (2) Parent equal opportunities data; (3) Evaluation sample sizes; (4) Literacy Champions training evaluation form; (5) Family referral form; (6) Volunteer journal; (7) Parent/career follow-up survey; (8) Key person follow-up survey; (9) Setting survey; (10) Literacy Ambassador family survey; and (11) Volunteer exit survey. (Contains 17 figures and 12 footnotes.) [Funding was provided by the Mayor of London and the Reuben Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)