Everyone’s a winner
the Six Book Challenge in colleges
Genevieve Clarke, The Reading Agency
Kathryn Wallis, Peterborough R...
The Reading Agency
• Independent national charity
• Mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by
helping them to be...
“Books have no place in this course; it’s about
learning to read!”
Basic skills tutor
“The students didn’t think they coul...
Learners
engaged in
(more) text
Learners
enjoy
reading
Learners
practise
skills
Learners
improve
skills
Learners
want to
r...
Why?
• 5.1 million adults of working age are STILL at
the level expected of an 11 year old (moved
from 16% to 15% since 20...
• 16-24 year olds in England are rated 22nd our
of 24 countries for literacy.
• They have slightly worse skills than peopl...
Policy context
• Colleges in their Communities – May 2012
• Emphasis on partnership but where are libraries?
• Move from S...
Support from The Reading Agency
• Advocacy for libraries’ role
• Links with national initiatives eg
Quick Reads, BBC campa...
What is the Six Book Challenge?
• An invitation to read six books or other ‘materials’
and record reading in a diary
• Lib...
Our vision
• That people’s attitudes to reading, both in
print and online, are changed by taking part
in the Six Book Chal...
Six Book Challenge 2008-13
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
12000
14000
16000
2008
total
7000
2009
total
9000
2010
total
13,500...
2013 headline results
• 35,000 people registered
• 13,000 through public libraries and partners
• 13,500 in over 100 FE an...
Colleges
Completers at Westminster Kingsway College
Kathryn Wallis
Learning Resources Co-ordinator,
Library+
Peterborough Regional College/
University Centre Peterborough
kat...
Who are we?
• Peterborough Regional College
• Library+
How did it start?
• What other colleges do
• Thinking big or thinking small?
What did we want?
Curriculum liaison, making links:
• A “friendly face”
• Marketing “sideways”
What did we get?
The negatives
• Organised chaos!
• Disappointing completions
The positives
• A great time
• Real heroes
•...
...and this year...
Don’t forget!
Everyone who has completed the
Six Book Challenge is invited to a
celebration on
Wednesd...
...and this year...
Our Six Book Challenge Celebration
...and this year...
Added value:
• Very good relations with sectors involved
• Fiction reflects student requests
• OFSTED ...
Top tips...
• Get teaching staff ‘on board’
• Integrate into English courses
• Treat challengers as VIPs – encourage them
...
Kathryn Wallis
Learning Resources Co-ordinator,
Library+
Peterborough Regional College/
University Centre Peterborough
kat...
Six Book Challenge 2014
Six Book Challenge 2014
• Support from Martina Cole as Ambassador
• Packs to promote the Challenge and run it with 50
peop...
NEW Six Book Challenge website
• www.readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge
• Sponsored by mobile company Three
• Adding a ...
Selection criteria
• Readability level – SMOG formula
• Length, design, layout, type size
• ‘Proper’ book – no comprehensi...
Emergent reader publishers
• www.quickreads.org.uk
• www.accentpress.co.uk
• www.newisland.ie
• www.barringtonstoke.co.uk
...
Tips for colleges
• Partnership across the college
• Profile for the library
• Promotion
• Prizes
• Persistence
• Party!
Six Book Challenge 2013-17
0
5,000
10,000
15,000
20,000
25,000
2013 total
35,000
2014 total
37,750
2015 total
40,000
2016 ...
“When improving students’ life chances by gaining a
GCSE in English is seen as the door that opens up
opportunities for yo...
New developments and questions
• New design ‘Read anything. Read anywhere.’
• Ambassadors?
• Timescale change to cater for...
Contact
• www.readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge
• Genevieve Clarke
genevieve.clarke@readingagency.org.uk
0871 750 2104...
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  1. 1. Everyone’s a winner the Six Book Challenge in colleges Genevieve Clarke, The Reading Agency Kathryn Wallis, Peterborough Regional College
  2. 2. The Reading Agency • Independent national charity • Mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping them to become enthusiastic and confident readers. Because everything changes when we read • Formal partnership with public libraries • Work with broadcasters, publishers, government at national level • Work with libraries, schools, colleges, prisons, workplaces at local level
  3. 3. “Books have no place in this course; it’s about learning to read!” Basic skills tutor “The students didn’t think they could learn through reading. It’s been a revelation to them that they could enjoy a book and still be learning.” Skills for Life tutor, Tameside
  4. 4. Learners engaged in (more) text Learners enjoy reading Learners practise skills Learners improve skills Learners want to read more
  5. 5. Why? • 5.1 million adults of working age are STILL at the level expected of an 11 year old (moved from 16% to 15% since 2003) • 14.8 million adults would not achieve a GCSE at A* - C grade (improved from 39.5% to 28.5% since 2003) 2011 Skills for Life Survey: Headline findings Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dec 2011
  6. 6. • 16-24 year olds in England are rated 22nd our of 24 countries for literacy. • They have slightly worse skills than people aged between 55 and 65. Survey of Adult Skills (PIACC), OECD, Oct 2013
  7. 7. Policy context • Colleges in their Communities – May 2012 • Emphasis on partnership but where are libraries? • Move from Skills for Life to Functional Skills • Rise in participation age • 13/14 – to 17; 14/15 – to 18 • Focus on GCSE • Emphasis on English and Maths • Imperative to achieve Grade C
  8. 8. Support from The Reading Agency • Advocacy for libraries’ role • Links with national initiatives eg Quick Reads, BBC campaigns • R & D – reading for pleasure at Entry Level, potential for using digital games • Reading Groups for Everyone, Mood-Boosting Books • World Book Night • Practical schemes – Six Book Challenge
  9. 9. What is the Six Book Challenge? • An invitation to read six books or other ‘materials’ and record reading in a diary • Library support for choosing what to read • Creative activity such as reading groups • Incentives to increase retention • Certificate for those who read six books (participation certificate for less) • A proven way of engaging and motivating adults to improve their literacy skills
  10. 10. Our vision • That people’s attitudes to reading, both in print and online, are changed by taking part in the Six Book Challenge, whether or not they are already readers. • Priority audience – those who struggle with the written word • Also powerful for lapsed readers
  11. 11. Six Book Challenge 2008-13 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 14000 16000 2008 total 7000 2009 total 9000 2010 total 13,500 2011 total 18,000 2012 total 23,500 2013 total 35,000 Public libraries Colleges Prisons Workplaces
  12. 12. 2013 headline results • 35,000 people registered • 13,000 through public libraries and partners • 13,500 in over 100 FE and sixth form colleges • 7000 in prisons • 1500 in workplaces • 90% of survey respondents said they felt more confident about reading • 65 organisations achieved more than 50 completers – 23 colleges
  13. 13. Colleges Completers at Westminster Kingsway College
  14. 14. Kathryn Wallis Learning Resources Co-ordinator, Library+ Peterborough Regional College/ University Centre Peterborough kathryn.wallis@peterborough.ac.uk The Six Book Challenge
  15. 15. Who are we? • Peterborough Regional College • Library+
  16. 16. How did it start? • What other colleges do • Thinking big or thinking small?
  17. 17. What did we want? Curriculum liaison, making links: • A “friendly face” • Marketing “sideways”
  18. 18. What did we get? The negatives • Organised chaos! • Disappointing completions The positives • A great time • Real heroes • A learning experience...
  19. 19. ...and this year... Don’t forget! Everyone who has completed the Six Book Challenge is invited to a celebration on Wednesday 11th June at 12pm @ University Centre Peterborough room 015. It is essential you reply to reserve your place Please reply to Library+ in person, by phone (01733 762137) or e-mail library@peterborough.ac.uk) by 21st May at the latest!
  20. 20. ...and this year... Our Six Book Challenge Celebration
  21. 21. ...and this year... Added value: • Very good relations with sectors involved • Fiction reflects student requests • OFSTED recognition
  22. 22. Top tips... • Get teaching staff ‘on board’ • Integrate into English courses • Treat challengers as VIPs – encourage them • Make it fit your needs • Sell to staff as relaxation • Hang on to the diaries • Have a party! • Get stuck in!
  23. 23. Kathryn Wallis Learning Resources Co-ordinator, Library+ Peterborough Regional College/ University Centre Peterborough kathryn.wallis@peterborough.ac.uk The Six Book Challenge
  24. 24. Six Book Challenge 2014
  25. 25. Six Book Challenge 2014 • Support from Martina Cole as Ambassador • Packs to promote the Challenge and run it with 50 people January – June 2014 • Discounts for multiple packs and reading diaries • Prize draws deadline Monday 30 June • Data return deadline Monday 7 July • Gold/silver/bronze award scheme – 25 learning providers in 2013
  26. 26. NEW Six Book Challenge website • www.readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge • Sponsored by mobile company Three • Adding a digital dimension to the Six Book Challenge • Participants can create a an online profile, log, rate and review what they read • Search for next read in our unique Find a read database – nearly 700 items (pre-Entry – Level 2) • Printed books PLUS ebooks, audio, large print, newspapers, digital games
  27. 27. Selection criteria • Readability level – SMOG formula • Length, design, layout, type size • ‘Proper’ book – no comprehension exercises, no ‘easy reader’ label • Hook to engage reader/interest factor • Straightforward structure, short chapters and paragraphs, simple sentences • Beginner readers NOT beginner thinkers!
  28. 28. Emergent reader publishers • www.quickreads.org.uk • www.accentpress.co.uk • www.newisland.ie • www.barringtonstoke.co.uk • www.ransom.co.uk • www.axiseducation.co.uk • www.newleafbooks.org.uk • www.gatehousebooks.org.uk • www.readwellroad.com
  29. 29. Tips for colleges • Partnership across the college • Profile for the library • Promotion • Prizes • Persistence • Party!
  30. 30. Six Book Challenge 2013-17 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 2013 total 35,000 2014 total 37,750 2015 total 40,000 2016 total 45,000 2017 total 50,000 Public libraries Colleges Prisons Workplaces
  31. 31. “When improving students’ life chances by gaining a GCSE in English is seen as the door that opens up opportunities for young people and adults, it is so important to establish reading competency but also reading fluency and enjoyment. The Six Book Challenge is helping to establish reading as a pleasurable activity and demonstrates its impacts on students skills development.” Joy Mercer, Policy Director (Education), Association of Colleges
  32. 32. New developments and questions • New design ‘Read anything. Read anywhere.’ • Ambassadors? • Timescale change to cater for colleges • 19 June – announced new materials • 14 July – order deadline for September delivery • 7 October – Early Bird deadline • Fully integrated website • What works best for colleges?
  33. 33. Contact • www.readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge • Genevieve Clarke genevieve.clarke@readingagency.org.uk 0871 750 2104 / 07500 010 620

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