Scholastic Reading Charter

"Ensure that pupils have access to good quality materials … textbooks, readers and library books that they can use in classrooms and at home."

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Ofsted

We've partnered with the Institute of Education, University College London in creating a comprehensive Reading Charter, to help celebrate and support reading's place in schools and our collective role in promoting it.

Put reading at the heart of your school and sign up to the charter - we've included lots of tips and ideas about how to foster a love of reading and excitement about books in your libraries and classrooms and we'd love you to share your stories of reading success with us.

Why not get started right now by downloading a Reading Charter poster and Reading School logo to print out and display in school?

  1. Celebrate reading and ensure it's at the heart of all school activities
  2. Cultivate strong links with the local library
  3. Maintain well-stocked class and school libraries, with the aim of having a minimum of ten books per child in the school
  4. Create a culture of book ownership and encourage children to value books
  5. Ensure the school environment demonstrates a commitment to reading
  6. Believe that every child has an entitlement to be able to read by the end of primary school
  7. Set aside time every day for story time and create a buzz about reading with book weeks and author visits
  8. Engage parents in a home/school reading culture
  9. Ensure that all teaching staff are knowledgeable about books and reading and are confident to identify the right book for the right child at the right time
  10. Never take reading for pleasure for granted
  11. Celebrate reading success at every level
  12. Value reading as a thoughtful activity at every level and encourage children to form opinions, both through their reading experience and about their reading experience

Created in partnership with the Institute of Education,
University College London

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