How can we help secondary school students read for pleasure and improve their reading skills? #GdnBLReading | francisgilbert

How can we help secondary school students read for pleasure and improve their reading skills? #GdnBLReading | francisgilbert

Yesterday I spoke at the Guardian Education Centre for a conference on Reading for Pleasure in the secondary classroom. The Guardian’s literary editor, Claire Armistead, kicked off the day by explaining that we need our young people to enjoy reading and to read whole texts which are not part of the curriculum; she pointed out that many students just read bits of texts rather than complete books, and rarely read outside the syllabus. Her brief introduction was followed by an eloquent and moving talk given by the Young Adult novelist, Sita Brahmachari, who talked about how she grew up in the…

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