The UK Reading Road Map
I personally believe that the IFLA School Library Guidelines can have a real impact on our students. Giving school librarians a blueprint for running their libraries backed by over 50 years of research. Chapter 5 discusses the five core instructional activities of the professional school librarian and one of these is Literacy and Reading Promotion. This covers Reading for Pleasure as well as Reading for Learning. Both are equally important.
"Students who are given the opportunity to select their own reading show improved test scores over time. Self-selection of reading material improves vocabulary development, grammar test performance, writing and oral language ability" (p39).
The Reading Road Map is a reading scheme which allows students to choose their own books from a selection picked by the lovely librarians at Islington SLS. The Open University undertook an evaluation of the scheme in 2018/19 and the outcomes were very positive.
Whilst I was head of SLS Guernsey a number of schools joined in the scheme and the feedback from them was exceptional not only did literacy levels increase but we saw a number of reluctant readers take part and begin to enjoy reading. They loved the opportunity to read new books and even liked being encouraged to read different genres. I would highly recommend it.
I am very happy to be endorsing The Reading Road Map and in the spirit of openness, you should know that I will receive a commission if you decide to sign up. Please let them know that you heard about RRM from me.