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We offer you here some snippets of literacy related news, some from our own work and some from valid sources nationally and internationally.

LTR Successfully supports Summer in a Box Project

Friday 20th November 2020
JH

At short notice, in June, LTR was asked by Suffolk County Council to put together book-bags and associated activities for 933 disadvantaged children across Suffolk. Despite a very short timescale of a few weeks and the restrictions of lock-down, the team was able to rise to the challenge. In all, 1866 books were obtained and made up into 933 packages, including activity sheets for each book, crayons/pens and drawing/writing pads and book-marks. This was a pretty giant task, completed over several…

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LTR Supports "Community Shelf" Project

Wednesday 10th June 2020

An initiative set up to support disadvantaged families during the Covid-19 pandemic is gearing up to deliver hundreds of books to children across Ipswich this month, thanks to the generosity of a local reading charity and an education consultancy. The Community Shelf project will deliver more than 400 books donated by Let's Talk Reading and Greenfields Education, an education consultancy based in Manningtree. The Community Shelf was created at the start of the crisis by the Raedwald Multi Academy Trust and Copleston High School to deliver essential products including food, toiletries, clothing and home supplies, alongside face-to-face support for local families facing hardship. "We immediately realised how teaming up with The…

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LTR Completes Successful Trial of Barrier to Reading

Monday 9th March 2020
JH

Between April and December 2019, LTR has partnered with 7 Ipswich school to investigate the impact of some conditions which may inhibit children's reading abilities and perhaps affect their behaviours. There are many…

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LTR Sets up Links with new Social Prescribing Initiative

Monday 9th March 2020
JH

LTR met recently with key staff from Citizens Advice Bureau to link its activities to the Social Prescribing initiative being rolled out across Ipswich. CAB has taken responsibility for linking every doctor's surgery in Ipswich to organisations which can provide patients with non-medical help. LTR has been particularly keen to link surgeries to the services provided by Read Easy Ipswich and Suffolk…

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Children Reading less than Ever Before

Monday 2nd March 2020
Guardian, 29th Feb 2020

Children today read less frequently than any previous generation and enjoy reading less than young people did in the past, according to new research. The work, to be published by the National Literacy Trust in the run-up to World Book Day on Thursday, shows that in 2019 just 26% of under-18s spent some time each day reading. This is the lowest daily level recorded since the charity first surveyed children's reading habits in 2005. It also found that fewer children enjoy reading, and that this dwindled with age: nearly twice as many five to eight-year-olds as 14 to 16-year-olds said they took…

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