Upper Batley High School in Kirklees is one of many schools across the country whose learners are taking part in Premier League Reading Stars.
The National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars programme uses learner’s passion for football to motivate them to enjoy reading and to improve their reading levels. In the programme each Premier League club selects one of its players to become a Reading Star to talk about their favourite books and set reading challenges via online videos. This intervention helps learner’s to make progress in reading within a short span of time.
Learners need to watch a short film clip in which a top footballer reads an extract from a favourite book, news article or website, and then answer multiple choice questions about the content. Each footballer has set three separate challenges based on different extracts, and each challenge has three questions. In order to answer the final question of each challenge, learners need to read the full book chapter or news article, as the answer cannot be found in the extract.
We encourage learners to take the challenges with their parents/carers and to talk about books and other reading materials that have been recommended by the players - e.g. which ones they enjoyed, and which they'd like to read more of.
Although the competitions to win prizes have now closed the challenges remain live until the end of 2014. UBHS has registered to take part in the Premier League Reading Stars Online Challenge 2015, but why wait until then? Go to www.premierleaguereadingstars.org.uk and see what books your favourite player likes to read.