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Suffolk Love Reading: 2023 evaluation

Added 22 Nov 2023 | Updated 24 Nov 23

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Love Reading in Suffolk is a parent/carer and child-focused programme, aiming to encourage a love of reading as a family; to build confidence in children to read and in parents/carers to inspire them to read. A central aim of the programme is to also provide parents with the tools they need to get involved with their child's reading outside of the school environment and to support them to do so.

The programme consists of up to 6 sessions that are standalone and delivered in primary schools in three Suffolk towns identified as National Literacy Trust priority areas with the most need in terms of literacy intervention and support. These areas are Lowestoft, Stowmarket and Haverhill. Parents/carers and other relatives are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they can.

Key stats include:

  • The delivery of the programme was well received by parents and carers, teachers and children.
    • 100% of parents and 100% of carers (n = 58) and teachers (n = 4) told us that they would recommend Love Reading to other parents and schools.
  • There were changes in children’s reading behaviours as a result of taking part in Suffolk Love Reading.
    • After taking part in Suffolk Love Reading, 2 in 3 (67.2%) parents and carers agreed that their child chooses books for themselves more than before, and more than 2 in 5 (43.1%) agreed that their child listens to stories more than before.
  • Parent and carers' confidence in supporting their child's reading improved.
    • After taking part in Love Reading, the percentage of parents and carers who rated themselves as ‘very confident’ in supporting their child with reading doubled (from 35.7% to 73.7%)
  • Parent and carers' understanding of their child's reading also improved.
    • 7 in 10 (69.0%) agreed that they understand the role of reading in supporting wellbeing more than before, while more than 6 in 10 (62.1%) know where to access engaging stories more than before.
  • Parent/carer and child reading interactions became more frequent.
    • Nearly 3 in 5 (58.6%) parents agreed that they discuss books and book choices with their child more than before, while 2 in 5 (39.7%) read more with their child.

Love Reading Suffolk aimed to inspire and nurture a love of reading amongst families in Suffolk. By exploring data collected from children, parents/carers and teachers, it is clear that Love Reading was a resounding success.

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