The Reading for Pleasure Effect in Education
Thursday 6th March, 4.40pm-6.30pm
Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Park Road West, Claughton Village, Prenton, Wirral CH43 8SQ
“I’ve started reading at home, I used to get nervous reading aloud but I’m dead good at it now.” – 11 year old reader in a shared reading session
Recent research has discovered that young people who regularly read for pleasure are more likely to perform better across all aspects of school subjects than their peers who read less, and English teachers, literary coordinators and school librarians are invited to join The Reader Organisation for this special free event exploring the positive effects of reading for pleasure in secondary schools.
The Reader Organisation has extensive experience of reading for pleasure with children and young people both in groups and one to one, in schools and other settings. The focus of all of our weekly read aloud sessions is entirely on enjoyment, taking the pressure off the young person reading which means even the most reluctant of readers can get involved. The informality of the sessions help to make reading enjoyable, encouraging a love of literature in young people while also building confidence, self-esteem, social relationships and reading ability.
Our work with children and young people in Wirral is particularly successful, with Readers-in-Residence operating in schools within the region. 100% of the young people we read with in Wirral schools said they looked forward to their reading sessions.
This special event is a showcase of The Reader Organisation’s work with young people in secondary education, giving a taste of shared reading groups and the positive impact shared reading can have on individual pupils as well as the overall environment of the school.
It’s free to attend but booking is necessary. For more information about the event and to book your place please contact Abigail: email@example.com
Find out more about our work in schools and with young people on our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/what-we-do-and-why/education-young-people
Do you love literature? Are you interested in the power of reading to help improve wellbeing, build communities and enrich lives? If so, you could be the right fit for The Reader Organisation by joining us for our latest Recruitment Day in Newcastle City Library this April.
The Reader Organisation is a unique place to work and having the right staff is crucial to our success. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new talent, and why we’re inviting you to come along to meet some of our staff, find out more about what we do and what it’s like working here. We’ll be looking for a diverse range of people to fill Project Worker positions which take place throughout a wide range of settings including prisons and libraries. So, if you like what you see and hear on the day you’ll be able to fill in an expression of interest form and leave it with us for consideration when the vacancies arise.
We are a professional and flexible organisation, committed to our staff and beneficiaries. Our aim is to spread a Reading Revolution, connecting people through shared reading using quality literature. We expect our staff to work hard and to be flexible and accommodating to ensure that we get the job done. This means expecting the unexpected and sometimes means working outside of normal contracted hours and getting involved in out of hours activities and events.
We offer flexibility in return, along with an excellent holiday entitlement, rewarding work and a caring and supportive working environment. We want our staff to enjoy working here. We encourage a good work-life balance, and we don’t have a culture of clock watching or totting up hours worked and owed. It’s simply give and take on both parts. We are also an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.
Interested? Please register to reserve your free place at this event by emailing Michelle: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s Featured Poem comes from Walt Whitman, a 19th century poet, essayist and journalist whose work I’ve come across quite regularly in recent weeks. The chosen poem, A Noiseless Patient Spider, struck me with its ability to evoke clear images in my mind through very subtle, limited use of language.
I particularly like:
‘to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.’
This moment in the poem brings to my mind isolated spiders that often appear on the ceiling – which is a ‘vacant, vast surrounding’. Very often, the way the small black body of a spider contrasts with a pale ceiling makes the large blank space of the ceiling stand out. The following words ‘ot launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; ever unreeling them – ever tirelessly speeding them’ manage to create an image of the spider beginning to build a web in this ‘vacant’ space, by trying to forge connections and attachments.
I particularly like this idea of creating new connections that runs through the poem, as it is of course, something we can all relate to, spider or human!
A Noiseless Patient Spider
A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.
by Walt Whitman
The Reader Organisation can announce a new job vacancy for a Communications Coordinator.
- Based: Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool, L18 3JD
- Salary: £17,000-£19,000 per annum (depending upon experience)
- Hours: Full Time
- Contract: 1 year fixed term in the first instance
This role calls for a highly motivated, creative and energetic individual who will contribute to and improve the smooth working of the Communications team and organisation as a whole as we continue to grow. The individual will work alongside a range of staff members, specifically the Communications and Marketing Manager and Reader Places Manager, to ensure that promotional material has a strong brand, assist in the devising and implementation of strategies and media campaigns and support the growth of the organisation in a number of communication related areas.
The individual will have an understanding of the value of reading, have entrepreneurial flair, be willing to innovate and work independently, manage a diverse and busy workload, have the ability to convincingly sell our work in a variety of situations and have an eye for design and detail. They will have two years communications experience, preferably within the third sector.
How to apply
Please do not just send in a CV. We will only consider applications that adhere to the following process:
Visit the Working With Us section of our website to download a full job description and application form. Please complete the application form and submit a covering letter, explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, to email@example.com
Deadline for applications: 11am on Friday 7th March 2014.
NB: applications arriving after 11am will not be considered.
We will endeavour to contact successful applicants for interview by 12th March 2014.
Volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible.
Interviews: Monday 17th March 2014, Liverpool (tbc)
Role begins: As soon as possible thereafter
There’s less than two weeks to go until World Read Aloud Day, the worldwide celebration of reading aloud headed by LitWorld. The Reader Organisation is proud to be taking part as a WRADvocate Partner of World Read Aloud Day 2014, and we’re counting down to the big day by showcasing a selection of people who love to read aloud.
You can be a part of our World Read Aloud Day celebrations by filming yourself reading something you love aloud and sending it to us to show the world your passion for reading. It’s easy to do – just make a recording (between 2 and 25 minutes long), save it as a .wav file, include your details and a photo of yourself and send it to us by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll add you to our online reading hall of fame as we help Liverpool Learning Partnership create a City of Readers.
From today until World Read Aloud Day, we’re getting into the read aloud spirit by sharing some of the brilliant read aloud videos we’ve already gathered online. The first we’re sharing here on The Reader Online, but for the rest you’ll need to check our Twitter page to get the full reading aloud countdown.