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Buster’s Book Club 2018 launches with more teachers than ever

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 February 2018

Teachers sign up to the successful reading reward scheme. Picture: School Inspirational Services.

Teachers sign up to the successful reading reward scheme. Picture: School Inspirational Services.

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Teachers have kick-started Buster’s Book Club with a bang this year, as more schools sign up to the successful reading reward scheme.

The club gives every child a reading target by age group and classes compete both within the school and against other schools to see who can read the most.

Buster’s Book Club officially starts each January but schools can sign up at any point.

The event, which was organised by children’s charity School Inspirational Services, was staged at Pelham Primary School in Bexleyheath.

Participating schools included Northumberland Heath Primary and Peareswood Primary, both in Erith, East Wickham Primary Academy in Welling, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary in Sidcup, Willow Bank Primary in Thamesmead, and Crook Log Primary in Bexleyheath.

Charlotte Hayes, schools project officer from School Inspirational Services, said: “More teachers came this year than ever before and they were all receptive to the training.

“It shows the level of enthusiasm there is about the scheme – it’s proven to make such a difference to literacy, particularly with boys who are finding reading challenging.

“We would like to give a special thanks to each of the schools that hosted a session – and we look forward to creating more reading millionaires in 2018.”

Delegates were given leisure attraction vouchers to use as competition prizes for their best reading classes, and also received information on the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards - currently open to nominations - and the Literacy Stars scheme, which rewards pupils who have made efforts to promote literacy in their schools.

The event was one of five training sessions staged in Kent, Medway and Bexley - and these were attended by two thirds of the 101 schools signed up to Buster’s Book Club.

Inter-school challenges offer prizes including a hamper of books, a visit from a storyteller, or free entry tickets to local attractions.

If all participating pupils collectively achieve a million minutes of reading they are given the honorary title of reading millionaires.

Schools can find out more, or join, by visiting www.schoolinspirationalservices.co.uk.

To nominate someone for the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards visit www.kentteacheroftheyear.co.uk.

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