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LiteracyActionNet Awards 2014 for innovation by schools - Winners announced!

This year’s LiteracyActionNet Awards for innovation by schools 2014, presented by the JJ Charitable Trust and Lemos&Crane, have been filled with a number of original and exciting ways to improve and increase literacy in a variety of areas: supporting children with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties; working with parents and families; supporting children and young people through school transitions; encouraging motivation, creativity and love of reading and writing; and teacher development and training to enhance literacy outcomes.

Entries were invited from schools from across the UK, with over 30 entries received. Our thanks go to all of them.

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It was very difficult for the judges to first identify a shortlist, and then to pick a winner, especially from a field of such high quality entries, but Lemos&Crane, in partnership with the JJ Charitable Trust, would like to announce that the winners of this year’s awards are:

Winner of the LiteracyActionNet Awards for innovation by schools 2014

Hope School have won the LiteracyActionNet Award for innovation by schools 2014!  Their project, Reading for Pleasure focuses on creating a love of reading and writing and has a very clearly stated aim, “To provide a reading community to encourage and engage reading at school and home”. It also strives to include and involve parents and carers in the creation of a shared reading culture.

It succeeds in many areas, not only because of its diverse list of activities, including readathons and interactive book reading, but also because it engages with a cross-section of people, including parents, authors, older children and a reader-in-residence. The project has helped define the school’s ethos and instruct its curriculum regarding the benefits of reading for pleasure.

It is a participatory and inclusive project that seeking to foster a reading community. A great aspect of their plans for the prize money included publishing poems and short stories as a tangible reminder of the importance of reading.

Runners-up (in alphabetical order)

Harting CE Primary School’s project, Reading Cafe, and The Highcrest Academy’s Family Literacy Evenings are our two runners-up in this year’s awards! Both projects only just missed out on the top prize.

The Reading Cafe is a successful after-school literacy project, where families can gather and share books and cake together.

Equally, Family Literacy Evenings is another great project, incorporating parents and families into an engaging reading and literacy programme.

Special Prizes for Innovation (in alphabetical order)

Hethersett Academy’s Acrostic Poem Windmills, and Patcham House School’s Food for Thought have won this year’s Special Prizes for Innovation!

Both Food for Thought and Acrostic Poem Windmills were found to be engaging and innovative projects that dealt with literacy in original ways. Food for Thought uses the concept of food and recipes in particular to put literacy into a practical and attractive context, whilst Acrostic Poem Windmills uses poetry to help with school transitions and the expression of feelings.

Thank you to all this year’s entries, and we wish you all the best of luck in continuing to improve and increase literacy in your schools and beyond.

Shortlist

Nine projects have been shortlisted for the LiteracyActionNet Awards 2014 for innovation by schools. The awards, presented by the JJ Charitable Trust with Lemos&Crane, will give a total of £2,000 prize money to projects that demonstrate successful approaches in: supporting children with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties; working with parents and families; supporting children and young people through school transitions; encouraging motivation, creativity and love of reading and writing; and teacher development and training to enhance literacy outcomes.

Awards shortlist (in alphabetical order)

Eastlands Primary School
Accelerated Reader Programme
The Accelerated Reader Programme has implemented an online toolkit for reading. The toolkit requires teachers to work in partnership with children and parents to promote independent reading at home and at school.   

Harting CE Primary School
Reading Café
Families share books and cake at a school ‘Reading Café’, combining the love of food with a cheque book reward system to improve reading.

Hethersett Academy
Acrostic Poem Windmills
A cross curricular project highlighting feelings of transition and community, whilst enhancing the school environment.

The Highcrest Academy
Family literacy evening
Equipping vulnerable parents with the necessary skills and desire to help their children with literacy at home.  

Hope School
Reading for Pleasure
Providing a community to encourage and engage reading at Hope school and at home. 

Patcham House School
Food for Thought
Using real world experiences around food - cooking, eating, and researching - to make learning more inclusive and effective.  

Pondhu Primary School
Stories for Sharing
Engaging parents and pupils with ‘story sacks.’  

Whalley Range High School
Improving communication skills for all pupils
Raising the awareness of literacy skills so that pupils are supported and motivated to communicate effectively.

St Anne’s Academy
The Happy Project
Ensuring that students have a successful and stress free transition to Secondary school.

 

Entries have been judged based on the following criteria:

 

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