Promotion and Celebration of Reading

In March 2020, CLS proudly hosted the Trinity Schools Book Awards, facilitated and co-ordinated by our Head Librarian, David Rose. CLSG, City Academy Hackney, CoLA Highgate Hill and CoLA Highbury Grove all participated. A pupil from CoLA  Highgate Hill was a runner-up for the Book Review prize. To facilitate their participation in this celebration of reading, CLS gave financial support for the academies to take part and also provided sets of books for them. During the lockdown period, we hosted a virtual author event for pupils from CLS, The Aldgate Schooland Ark Bentworth Academy. Award-winning writer Stewart Foster gave an excellent talk about his book Check Mates. In advance of the event, CLS also provided the pupils from our partner schools with copies of the book to help them get the most out of the event.

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Despite the current restrictions on physical volunteering, we are pleased to report on our successful virtual approach to mentoring at The Aldgate School. Fourth Form pupils have taken on the challenge of being Reading Mentors. In this role, our pupils regularly meet with The Aldgate School pupils in years 4-6 via virtual meetings, to read a children book. Mentors take turns along with the pupils to read, whilst also sharing their experiences of books to celebrate reading. Pupils are also acting as Learning Leaders. In this leadership role, CLS pupils work to create curriculum-aligned pre-recorded media and resources which class primary teachers can integrate into their lessons. For example, the first resources will be looking to model good debating skills and focus on content evolution and Shakespeare. Our pupils are enormously enjoying the job of creating challenging and interesting content and working with younger pupils.

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All involved have found the process really enjoyable, and it has been great to see CLS
pupils sharing their love of reading with younger children and growing so much through the process.

James Innes
Head of Geography, CLS