Birmingham Stories gathers input from teachers on lockdown support

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Birmingham Stories brings together the expertise of the National Literacy Trust and the University of Birmingham to deliver a new kind of Literacy Hub. Building on the power of storytelling and the potential of digital technology, the Hub seeks to widen the definition of reading well. Launched in October, we deliver reading, writing, and storytelling programmes with schools in the city. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been delivering books and literacy activity packs through food banks to ensure that we are reaching those who benefit most from our work. With the University, we continue to work with researchers and students to create dynamic online resources. Our social media platforms will launch soon with activities for teenagers, adults and families. We will share details through the Literacy for Learning newsletter. Please email marlene.vasquez-cain@literacytrust.org.uk to subscribe.

Ensuring our resources and programmes are useful to teachers remains our priority. With that in mind, we want to have an open discussion with teachers from Birmingham about the impact of COVID-19. We want to know how we may be able to support your work together in the short term and post-lockdown. If you would like to take part, please contact Hari on harinder.matharu@literacytrust.org.uk