Changing the Story Reading Programme

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This programme, developed in partnership with Hachette UK, focuses on supporting primary school children to develop their reading skills, enabling them to confidently read for enjoyment too.

About the programme

The Changing the Story Reading Programme has been designed to offer a tailor-made and inclusively resourced way to get children practising and developing their reading skills, focusing on children in Key Stage 1 who are at risk of falling behind.

Participating schools receive the full package of books included in Hodder Education’s Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme, which celebrates diversity and champions individuality through stories, characters and themes that reflect the world we live in today. They will also receive online training and a package of support including additional picture books, National Literacy Trust membership and resources.

What is the school commitment?

  • Signing a school partnership agreement with National Literacy Trust
  • Identifying two members of staff (e.g. Literacy Lead and teaching assistant) to participate in online training in the summer term 2021
  • Administering termly reading assessments for children on the programme
  • Completing a post-evaluation online survey and, where possible, participate in focus groups
  • Working with around 20 Year 1 children to accelerate their progress in reading
  • Delivering a parent workshop to build confidence in supporting reading at home
  • Leading termly reading for pleasure events, such as author visits, to build a culture of reading for pleasure in your school, supported by the National Literacy Trust

Schools taking part in the programme in 2021-22 can access all the relevant resources on our participants' page.

Changing the Story participants' page

What will schools receive?

  • Online training

    Online training (summer term 2021) will improve staff knowledge and expertise around teaching early reading skills and will provide focused training in how to use the Reading Planet resources, including the online library, to accelerate the reading development of children in Key Stage 1 who are at risk of falling behind.

  • Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme

    Participating schools receive the full package of books included in Hodder Education’s Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme, which celebrates diversity and champions individuality through stories, characters and themes that reflect the world we live in today. They also get an online library subscription.

  • Additional reading for pleasure books

    Additional picture books, donated by Hachette Children’s Group, will be supplied to every participating school, ensuring children have increased opportunities to enjoy listening to stories read aloud to them and seeing themselves represented in books.

  • Support for parental engagement

    Training will also include guidance and resources to deliver parent workshops to build parents’ confidence in supporting their child’s reading at home.

  • National Literacy Trust membership

    Free National Literacy Trust membership for one year (usually £100) providing resources to support whole-school literacy planning and classroom teaching.

If you have specific questions about the programme, please email the project team.