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Jonathan Douglas
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  1. Creating a national youth reading culture Jonathan Douglas Director National Literacy Trust
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  3. <ul><li>“ Reading is the best ladder out of poverty” </li></ul><ul><li>Gordon Brown </li></ul>
  4. Background <ul><li>1998 introduction of National Literacy Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>1998/9 first National Year of Reading </li></ul><ul><li>2003 Youth Matters </li></ul><ul><li>2007 Head Space libraries receive lottery funding </li></ul><ul><li>2008 second National Year of Reading </li></ul>
  5. Reading at 11 - skills 87% 82% Girls 82% 75% Boys 2003 1998
  6. Reading at 11 - enjoyment Source: Sainsbury & Schagen 2004 75% 85% Girls 55% 70% Boys 2003 1998
  7. A reader is… <ul><li>When asked to imagine someone who reads and what kind of person they are, self-defined non-readers saw them in an undesirable light, such as being geeky and boring, as well as someone who is clever and who will do well </li></ul>
  8. A reader is…
  9. Self defining “non-readers” <ul><li>Actually reading a huge amount – online gaming, emails and magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Not reading traditional “reading formats” they identify as predominantly fiction and poetry </li></ul><ul><li>However these are the formats least likely to be used in the classroom in the UK </li></ul>
  10. <ul><li>45% of teenagers have been told off by an adult for enjoying something that is not deemed to be ‘proper reading’ </li></ul><ul><li>National Year of Reading research </li></ul><ul><li>April 2008 </li></ul>
  11. More research… <ul><li>Teachers as Readers (UKLA 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey 2001 & 2006 (published 2007) </li></ul>
  12. So reading is seen by young people as <ul><li>Not being pleasurable </li></ul><ul><li>Not being sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>So… Who wants to be a reader? </li></ul>
  13. So how do you <ul><li>make reading attractive to those individuals and groups who find it irrelevant and unattractive? </li></ul><ul><li>By… </li></ul><ul><li>REDEFINING IT! </li></ul>
  14. Approach 1: Work with popular culture “Reading the Game”
  15. Approach 2: Start with what they love
  16. Approach 3: Make it social “Head Space”
  17. Approach 4: Promote all reading
  18. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.literacytrust.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.yearofreading.org.uk </li></ul>

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