Sports stars help pupils

Streethouse Primary school Premier League reading scheme.'Pupil Josh Clay with Jacob Williscroft-Massey and Alex Owen in the background.'p7792b206
Streethouse Primary school Premier League reading scheme.'Pupil Josh Clay with Jacob Williscroft-Massey and Alex Owen in the background.'p7792b206
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SPORTY youngsters are reading their way to victory with help from Premier League football stars.

Streethouse Primary School is one of only 1,000 schools selected nationally to take part in a reading scheme aimed at boys under-performing in literacy.

The Premier League Reading Stars scheme – which runs for ten weeks – will see pupils from the Whinney Lane school taking reading challenges set by their sporting heroes.

Deborah Richardson, literacy co-ordinator at the school, said: “The boys have been telling me they have read every day since they started the course, which they have never done before.

“Their teachers are reporting back to me how excited the children are about reading. I had to choose up to 30 children I thought it would make the most impact on but all the boys in the school want to do the project, so it’s going really well.”

A player from each of the 20 Premier League clubs has signed up to become a reading champion and sends video tasks to pupils, which include 100 reading challenges and their favourite books, which make up a 40-strong recommended reading list.

Children completing challenges win prizes, while a child completing all 100 tasks is in with a chance of winning signed memorabilia.

Mrs Richardson said: “This is for the boys who really love sport and football but don’t like reading. Because the players are sending in tasks, it’s promoting reading in a different way.”