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Engage Pupils Through Non-Fiction

Many students struggle to engage with reading as they are simply not motivated to dive into the latest story books.

For these students, non-fiction could be the answer to inciting reading for pleasure. Ensuring all students have access to materials they respond to positively, enables them to maximise the progression of their vital reading comprehension skills.

Students respond positively to the choice of where to start reading and where to finish and the flexibility to read at their preferred pace, as well as the opportunity to gather new information, identify key facts and be motivated by learning.

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Why newspapers are a valuable source of non-fiction

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Grow global awareness

Empower with knowledge of the facts

Develop vital skills for cross-curricular success

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Inspire reluctant readers

Encourage reading for pleasure

Enhance reading skills

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Build confidence voicing opinions

Develop empathy for real people

Be part of an informed news community


THE AIM: Investigate the impact of introducing First News Education into KS2 classes.

THE SKILL AND WILL OF BECOMING A COMPLETE READER*: The evaluation findings support existing research showing that children need to be motivated to read, as well as having the skills to do so, in order to succeed.

*Igniting a Passion for Reading, Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers by Steven Layne

THE RESEARCH: Independent research carried out by the NLT over 8 weeks in 15 schools across the UK, integrating the newspaper and Activity Sheets into weekly reading.

THE RESULTS: By reading and discussing news regularly, pupils:

Made significantly more progress with their reading comprehension than expected, and developed more complex inference and deduction skills

Developed more confidence in their own reading, and were motivated to read more widely in their own time.