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Reading for pleasure

The Liverpool Learning Partnership has been supporting numerous initiatives this academic year including the ‘Liverpool Promise’ to the city’s children and young people and a schools ‘Readathon’ to encourage reading for pleasure.

Liverpool City Council is launching the Liverpool Promise on Friday 15 September. It’s a commitment by headteachers, the Liverpool Learning Partnership, the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership, Liverpool City Council and School Improvement Liverpool to act together to improve children’s education and wellbeing.

In a mission to promote young people’s participation in art and culture whilst also raising awareness of mental health we are supporting the 2018 ‘Now Young people’s performing Arts Festival’ at the Epstein Theatre. This is organised by Merseyside Youth Association and schools can book at: http://nowfestliv.co.uk/.

In October, boy wizards, hungry caterpillars and vampires could be on the curriculum for schools across Liverpool as pupils in the city’s nurseries, schools and colleges join forces for the country’s first-ever mass readathon (9-14 October).

The Liverpool Learning Partnership is organising the event with charity Read for Good, which has been running its Readathon in individual schools since 1984. More than 30 Liverpool schools (some 10,000 pupils) have already signed up to participate in the mass sponsored read, with the aim of motivating whole schools to read for fun.

Money raised will be used for school libraries and by the charities to fund their work in Liverpool, including Read for Good’s mobile bookcase and resident storyteller at Alder Hey. The Readathon is running during this year’s inaugural National Libraries Week.

Children taking part in the event will be sponsored to read whatever they like – from comics to classics – with the emphasis on reading what they love.

20% of whatever a school raises will be used to buy books for its library, 10% is going to support Liverpool Learning Partnership’s wider work on reading for pleasure and the rest funds Read for Good’s unique programme bringing a regular supply of books and storytellers into all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals, including Alder Hey.

For more information and to sign-up, email liverpool@readforgood.org or visit readforgood.org/partnerships/liverpoolreadathon/

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