At Holy Family School, we want to promote in all our children a real love of reading. During 2015-2016 our school is participating in a ‘Reading Quality Mark’. This culminates in an overall assessment of our promotion of, and provision for, reading.

Did You Know ?   According to research undertaken by the Institute of Education at University College London, reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education. (2013: Dr. Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown)

During the year, there will be many events to promote reading. We hope you will join in and support your child’s love of reading!

Schools can be accredited with a bronze, silver or gold award, which recognises the effort that they have made in promoting the joy of reading amongst their pupils. In order to attain these awards schools will be assessed across six themes, and whether they meet the criteria for bronze, silver or the gold award. Key themes include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Workforce development
  • Reading promotion
  • Reading events and groups
  • School wide opportunities for reading for enjoyment
  • Family/community involvement/ public library service

This is an exciting project that schools should take full advantage of, in order to increase the achievements of their pupils.  “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative. Reading is incredibly important and encouraging children to enjoy literature helps develop a habit that lasts a lifetime.” Andy Parkinson from the National Literacy Trust


To help support reading at home with your child, take a look at these great websites:

 National Literacy Trust

 BookTrust

 BookTime

 Love Reading 4 Kids

 Reading Agency

 Book Sprout