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National Literacy Trust, 2010
Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) is an educational project that harnesses the motivational power of football to encourage families to enjoy reading. It targets those hard to reach groups in society who may not have shown an interest in reading, but who do have a passion for football. PLRS has been running since 2003 following the creation of a…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Reading Programs, National Programs, Literature Appreciation
National Literacy Trust, 2010
This is a summary of research findings from a piece of qualitative research conducted between May and July 2010 for the National Literacy Trust to inform the Talk To Your Baby campaign. The objectives of the research were to identify motivating messages to encourage parents to communicate with their children under three, and to understand key ways…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Infants, Verbal Communication, Barriers
Clark, Christina; Hawkins, Lucy – National Literacy Trust, 2010
This paper presents additional information from the 2009 survey of young people's reading and writing; for more information see the full report "Young People's Reading and Writing Today", to be published July 2010. This paper explores the types of resources young people have at home that support literacy and how this differs according to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Literature Appreciation, Resources
National Literacy Trust, 2010
Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) is in its eighth year. To complement a pre-post quantitative survey, an impact evidence base was required to inform consideration of continued funding into 2011 and beyond. PLRS is very highly regarded among child participants, parents, and librarians. The structure of the scheme, its basis on football, and the…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Reading Improvement, Reading Motivation, Reading Research
Melvin, Sally – National Literacy Trust, 2010
Research (Martin, 2008) has shown that speaking and listening are the literacy skills most used in the world of work. Yet, employers frequently bemoan the lack of young people's communication skills, with many believing that it impacts their chances of making it through an interview and their future employability (Simon, 2009). Effective speaking…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Workplace Literacy, Communication Skills, Speech Communication
Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2009
Research in the last three decades has established a clear link between parental involvement and children's educational attainment (e.g. Fan and Chen, 2001; Desforges and Abouchaar, 2003). While most of what people know is based on mother-child interactions (Waldfogel, 2006), increased attention has been paid to the specific influences fathers and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Emergent Literacy, Fathers
National Literacy Trust, 2009
In December 2008, 35 professionals from research, policy, practice and the media participated in an online survey about a range of key literacy issues. This is the second time that this annual survey has been carried out in the in UK. Participants were asked to indicate whether a certain topic was "hot" (i.e. currently a topic of debate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Surveys, Computer Mediated Communication, Literacy
National Literacy Trust, 2009
Scottish Premier League (SPL) Reading Stars uses the motivational power of football to attract families who need support with literacy into a positive and friendly learning environment. It ran for the first time between March and August 2009 and attracted 225 children and 190 adults to take part in a series of inspirational learning sessions in 23…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries
Clark, Christina; Dugdale, George – National Literacy Trust, 2009
Writing is an important issue in the UK today. While children's and young people's writing standards steadily improved until 2006, levels have not increased in recent years. Writing is much more than just an educational issue--it is an essential skill that allows people to participate fully in today's society and to contribute to the economy.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Writing Attitudes, Student Attitudes
National Literacy Trust, 2007
Kick into Reading (KiR) aims to support literacy work among families and professionals such as teachers, librarians and other community workers by using male role models from football clubs to nurture an interest in reading and storytelling. The main planned outcomes are to deliver 18 KiR projects based at football clubs, bringing high-quality…
Descriptors: Males, Role Models, Athletes, Team Sports
Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2007
This research brief explains the need for parental involvement in children's literacy activities and development, based on overwhelming evidence about the benefits of parents being involved in their children's education in general, and their children's literacy activities in particular. Parental involvement positively affects children's…
Descriptors: Social Adjustment, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Literacy Education
National Literacy Trust, 2007
During December 2007, 35 professionals from research, policy, practice and the media were interviewed about a range of literacy issues. Interviewees were asked to indicate whether a certain topic was "hot" (i.e. currently a topic of debate and research) or "not hot" (i.e. not currently receiving a lot of attention). One of the…
Descriptors: Opinions, Teacher Attitudes, Current Events, Foreign Countries
Clark, Christina; Rumbold, Kate – National Literacy Trust, 2006
This paper explores reading for pleasure, its importance, and its impact on literacy attainment and other outcomes and reviews much of the research on the importance of reading for pleasure. A debate has been rife in the UK over the past few years as to how best to teach children to read, which culminated in an "Independent Review of the…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Rewards, Phonics, Reading Motivation
Clark, Christina; Akerman, Rodie – National Literacy Trust, 2006
Reading for pleasure is associated with numerous educational and social benefits. For example, it has been associated with increased reading attainment and writing ability, greater breadth of vocabulary and greater general knowledge (e.g. Cox and Guthrie, 2001). Children who read very little do not reap these benefits, and studies show that when…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Educational Attainment, Reading Habits, Foreign Countries
Clark, Christina; Torsi, Stephen; Strong, Julia – National Literacy Trust, 2005
Imagine what a difference it would make if every child loved to read. Every teacher knows the difference that a love of reading makes to a child's performance; reading opens so many doors. However, research has long shown not only that men and boys in the developed world lag behind women and girls when it comes to engaging with reading. Thus…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Students, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries
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