Aims of the project
The aim is to develop a closer relationship with the local schools community. The critical factors for success are that the children have time to read, to meet and discuss the books on the shortlist. The beneficiaries are the children involved at both schools and they are developing in their reading for depth skills.
Background and goals
The project came about because the two Librarians meet at regular inter-borough meetings and saw an opportunity for collaboration on improving reading skills. The two schools are located in close proximity. This partnership has been operating for two years.
The resources needed are time - approximately two hours reading per week for eight weeks; visits to each school; weekly skype meetings and the purchase of books from Blackheath High's library budget. The Librarian s involved for approximately eight weeks.
Each year, at the end of the event period, the students are asked for confidential feedback. There is a group session where students discuss openly about what went well and they suggest areas that could be improved. This is used to fine tune the programme for next year.
All students are in Year 7 and 8. Our students are girls and The John Roan selects boys and girls. Each school selects between six and twelve students.
Frequency and duration
This event runs for approximately eight weeks every year.