“Project L” is the name for our new reading project for 2020.

The aim is simple: to motivate students to read for pleasure. The more students read, the better they will be at reading. But if you don’t enjoy it, then “reading for pleasure” is not pleasurable!  We are challenging this barrier by choosing engaging and thought-provoking texts, to show our students that whatever their interests, there is a book for them.

To achieve this aim, we have incorporated reading time in to every school day. Students will read with their form tutor, and all students in each year group will read the same book at the same time, creating a shared reading experience and opening up opportunities for discussion and enjoyment.

  • L is for Literacy: this is a reading project.
  • L is for Literary Canon: a “canon” is a collection of Literature that represents a particular culture, place or tradition. We have chosen Lydiate Learning Trust’s canon to represent the values, beliefs and stories that we believe are central to our students’ development, and their understanding and enjoyment of the world that they live in.
  • L is for Lydiate Learning Trust: this is a Trust-wide initiative, and students across our Trust will be reading the same books at the same time.

What are we reading?

In our Autumn term, all students read a non-fiction text.  This was to show students that “reading” doesn’t have to mean getting stuck in to a lengthy novel. We selected non-fiction readers that are relevant to them and their lives:

Year 7:

You Are Awesome, by Matt Syed

Year 8:

I am Malala (teen edition retold by Malala for her own generation), by Malala Yousafzai

Year 9:

It’s Trevor Noah: Born A Crime ( adapted for Young Readers), by Trevor Noah

Year 10:

Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed, by Nicola Morgan

New Year, New Books – Lockdown Edition


“L” for Lockdown …….       “L” for Let’s Read!

Now that we find ourselves firmly embedded in distance learning, shared reading is more important than ever!

During lockdown, all of our students in years 7 – 10 will still read with their form every day.  By choosing the right books to share with our students whilst they are learning from home, we not only continue to foster a sense of community and shared experiences, even though we are apart, but we can provide a refuge, create joy and happiness, foster a sense of adventure and provide familiarity through maintaining the routine that we have worked hard to establish this academic year.

Did you know that 3 in 5 young people said that, during lockdown, reading made them feel better, and 7 in 10 said that reading helps them when they feel down because they can’t see their family and friends?