Home reading poised for a new chapter

4th August 2006 at 01:00
Thousands more Scottish children are to benefit this summer from Scottish Executive funding for home reading projects designed to foster a love of books.

The latest tranche of pound;300,000 for the Read Together grants is to be shared among 370 schools, nurseries and community groups.

This year's projects range from lending parents "talking books" for their nursery-age children to setting up a dads' drop-in club to get fathers more involved in their child's reading.

Since it was launched in 2002, the grants scheme has invested nearly pound;2 million in more than 1,700 home reading projects. It is administered by Learning and Teaching Scotland in partnership with Read Together! and the executive.

Robert Brown, Deputy Education Minister, said: "We want all Scottish children to be confident readers. Sharing storytime at home is great fun for parents and carers, and it can give their child a big head start in the classroom.

"These grants are just one of the things we are doing to raise literacy levels, and we know we are making progress. Most pupils are already reading at or above the levels expected for their age, and this year's home reading grants will help us keep up that momentum."

Jacqueline Wilson, the Children's Laureate, said: "Books delight, entertain and inform - they are the most magical way of enriching our lives. I'd like every parent and carer to read aloud to their children and get them hooked on books for life."

Examples of projects that will benefit from the funding include:

* Hamiltonhill family learning centre in Possilpark in Glasgow which will buy more story sacks containing a book, soft toy and game for under-threes to explore with parents at home.

* Fishcross primary in Clackmannanshire will set up a dads' drop-in club, which strives to increase fathers' involvement in their child's education.

Each dad will be encouraged to become a Fred - Fathers Read Every Day.

* Polbeth nursery school in West Lothian will give parents access to talking books. Parents will take turns borrowing a laptop with talking books software to use at home with their child.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now