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ERIC Number: ED603682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Stories in Schools: Reading Engagement Outcomes. National Literacy Trust Research Report
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina
National Literacy Trust
Read for Good commissioned the National Literacy Trust to evaluate the outcomes of their new pilot intervention, Stories in Schools. Stories in Schools uses professional storytellers to deliver enjoyable literacy workshops targeted at reluctant or struggling readers over a six-week period, in particular pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) or pupil premium (PP). The programme aims to increase reading enjoyment and improve reading behaviour, motivating participants to read for pleasure in their own time. This report evaluates the impact of the Stories in Schools pilot programme on the reading engagement of 440 pupils aged 9 to 13 in 11 schools (six primary schools and five secondary schools) across the UK during the 2018-19 academic year. Key findings include: (1) Children who participated in Stories in Schools felt that the workshops had inspired them to read and write more; (2) Comparisons with peers who had not taken part showed that pupils who took part in Stories in Schools improved their levels of reading enjoyment slightly at the end of the six-week intervention period, with levels of enjoyment remaining stable until the end of the academic year, and fewer pupils who took part in Stories in Schools read daily at the beginning of the year compared with their peers who did not take part; (3) These positive changes were more pronounced for young people aged 11 to 14 than those aged eight to 11; (4) There is also some indication that reluctant readers (those who only enjoyed reading a bit or not at all in the pre-assessment) also benefit from taking part in Stories in Schools; and (5) Teachers also observed changes, with 87.5% seeing an increase in participating pupils' reading motivation, while 37.5% felt pupils enjoyed reading more and were more confident writers. [Read for Good commissioned National Literacy Trust to conduct this evaluation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (United Kingdom)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A