24 Jul Ambler awarded inaugural Enid Blyton bursary to boost children’s love of reading
Ambler has been awarded the first-ever Enid Blyton Bursary, which will pay for teacher training and help our pupils improve their love of reading.
The school will take part in the National Literacy Trust’s ‘Reading for Pleasure’ course next term after securing places funded by the brand-new bursary, which marks the 75th anniversary of ‘Five on a Treasure Island‘.
As well as commemorating the first book in her adventure series, The Famous Five, the fund celebrates Blyton’s advocacy of children’s reading development and her belief in the importance of helping them discover a love of reading.
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Congratulations to the five primary schools who have won fully-funded places on our hugely successful ‘Reading for Pleasure’ teacher training course. We can’t wait to meet you in the new school year and equip you with the knowledge, skills and strategies you need to foster a positive reading culture in your classrooms.”
— Literacy Trust (@Literacy_Trust) July 23, 2017
Ambler and four other schools beat stiff competition from across the UK to win the coveted training places and 10 runners-up also won a year’s membership of the National Literacy Trust Network.
Alexandra Antscherl, Editorial Director of Enid Blyton Entertainment, said: “It’s been a real pleasure reviewing the applications from primary teachers for this course. Every one showed such enthusiastic commitment to increasing their expertise in helping children to enjoy reading for pleasure. As a qualified teacher herself, Enid Blyton would have been delighted to see the 75th anniversary of one of her best-loved books celebrated in this way.”
The ‘Reading for Pleasure’ training is designed to introduce teachers to a range of strategies to help inspire their pupils to discover a love of reading. Research from the National Literacy Trust shows that the longer children can sustain an enjoyment of reading, the greater the benefits are in the classroom.