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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, focusing on what naturally appeals the most
  • The flexibility to read at their preferred pace
  • The opportunity to gather new information, identify key facts and be motivated by learning
  • The variety of content, including text, photographs and statistics
  • Sharing the reading experience, both in class and at home

Proven to significantly elevate children’s reading attitudes and skills


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


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.


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


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

Achieve cross-curricular benefits through news

Why newspapers are a valuable source of non-fiction

Grow global awareness

Empower with knowledge of the facts

Develop vital skills for cross-curricular success

Inspire reluctant readers

Encourage reading for pleasure

Enhance reading skills

Build confidence voicing opinions

Develop empathy for real people in real situations

Be part of an informed news community

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