Blessed William Howard

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'Drop Everything and Read' Fridays introduced

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School has introduced a ‘Drop Everything And Read’ programme this month.  The scheme aims to get reading for pleasure embedded into the lives of its pupils and staff. 

Every Friday morning at 8.45am a bell sounds to indicate that everyone in the school should spend 15 minutes reading.  Reading matter can be fact or fiction and all classrooms have been equipped with dedicated book boxes which offer the most popular books for the appropriate reading levels.

“Interest in reading tends to drop off once children start secondary school and it is not just their literacy development that this affects; it has a knock on effect on learning across the curriculum.” commented Mr Alex Laney, Student Progress Leader.  “We hope that by introducing this dedicated time into the school week, for both staff and students, we will re-ignite a passion for reading that will stay with the students throughout their school lives and beyond.”

According to a study by the Institute of Education (IOE) children who read for pleasure are likely to do better in maths and English.  Reading for fun is also proven to be very important for children’s cognitive development between the ages of 10 and 16.

“We are sending out a very clear message – that reading should be a big part of everyone’s life.  By taking part in the scheme ourselves, as staff, we hope we are adding extra weight to the programme.” said Headteacher, Mr Phil Smith.