Reading Ahead, run by The Reading Agency, is designed to inspire less confident readers to develop an enjoyment of reading at the same time as improving their literacy skills. More than 200,000 young people and adults have registered for the scheme since 2008 through public libraries, adult learning, colleges, prisons and workplaces with 92% of survey respondents in 2015 saying they felt more confident about reading after taking part.
Reading Ahead challenges participants to pick six reads of their choice and record their reading in a diary in order to receive a certificate. This can include all kinds of text such as poems, song lyrics, games and magazines as well as books. The programme provides a starting-point for people to engage, or re-engage, with reading, giving them the confidence to call themselves a ‘reader’ and to move on to other reading activity.
This year the Aylesbury College Learning Resource Centre staff signed up 54 students to take part from the ESOL, Moving on up and Foundation Learning courses. Thirty students completed all 6 reads, with a further twenty participating and completing 1-5 reads.
These are amazing results and The LRC staff are very proud of each and every one of them. Student feedback has been fantastic, and all participants received a certificate to recognise their achievement.
Find out more about the programmes offered at Aylesbury College at a drop-in session this Summer. For details of the next event, click here! Alternatively, head over to the online prospectus: Destination AC for the full course offering.