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Reading is the most essential skill your child will learn at school. Oxfordshire County Council, the National Literacy Trust and the Oxford Mail have joined forces to launch a new campaign to improve the reading abilities of our children.

Eighty-one primary schools have been invited to sign up to the two-year Get Oxfordshire Reading campaign but we also need your help, whether you're a parent or a volunteer who can help.

Read the stories below and if you want to help, go to www.oxfordshirereading.co.uk

Read all about it as star pupils graduate

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Two years ago a campaign was launched to improve children's reading ability in the county. Sophie Scott looks at its success.

Oxford Mail-backed Reading Campaign is picking up plaudits across the globe

Oxford Mail: Melinda Tilley, cabinet member for education

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

THE Oxford Mail-backed Reading Campaign has been praised by the organisers of a world summit on literacy.

Reading campaign extended after proving to be big success

Oxford Mail: Windmill Primary School headteacher Lynn Knapp with pupils Tom Morton and Max Sutton. Picture: Antony Moore

9:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

THE successful Oxford Mail-backed Oxfordshire Reading Campaign is to be extended.

Getting results

Oxford Mail: ENTHUSED: Aaliyah Flynn, six, from Cutteslowe Primary School, Oxford, where pupils have been reading Project X Code books

9:00am Friday 20th September 2013

Delight as number of county pupils hitting reading targets jumps five per cent thanks to campaign

Author Pullman: ‘we must talk to our children’

10:30am Monday 19th August 2013

OXFORD children’s author Philip Pullman praised the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign and said talking to children was the key to reading success.

Kids take parents on a book trip to Microworld

Oxford Mail: Reading coach Alison Cook with, from left, Rhys Williams, Anaya Mott, Ella Hughes and Luke Hutchinson, all seven. Picture: OX60461 Jon Lewis

1:00pm Wednesday 24th July 2013

CHILDREN taking part in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign turned the tables on parents and staff to run their own event.

School reading project has been 'voyage of discovery'

Oxford Mail: Fran Bardsley with Sam Scott

3:00pm Saturday 6th July 2013

VOLUNTEERS are helping youngsters learn to read as part of the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign. For 10 weeks, people from all walks of life have come into schools in the Oxford Mail-backed project to read with children who need extra help to achieve higher levels of reading. Among the volunteers is Oxford Mail education reporter Fran Bardsley, who has been working with Sam Scott, seven, at St Ebbe's Primary School, Whitehouse Road, Grandpont. Fran has been recording their progress through a reading diary and today she gives her final thoughts.

Pupils are all aboard for literary adventure

Oxford Mail: Poet James Carter performing for, from left, Dexter Elliott, three, Gene Green, six, and Lorenzo Elliott, six, in the new library

1:00pm Friday 28th June 2013

CHILDREN at an Oxfordshire school are getting on board a double-decker bus to help drive their love of reading.

Reading drive helps improve literacy rates

Oxford Mail: Lynn Knapp and Cathryn Wilkes at the conference

11:00am Tuesday 25th June 2013

MANY of the children in Oxfordshire’s Reading Campaign have seen their literacy level advance by more than a year in just four months.

Show children that reading's lots of fun

Oxford Mail: Clockwise from back left, St Birinus language teacher Agathe Avila-Gomez, authors Alan Gibbons, Adrian Townsend and Tony Eaude, and governor and former teacher Brenda Williams. Picture: OX60011 Greg Blatchford

7:00am Tuesday 25th June 2013

A TOP children’s author has urged Oxfordshire’s parents and teachers to help youngsters embrace the fun of reading.

Make reading a lot of laughs

Oxford Mail: Douglas Finch, whose dad Ed is helping organise tomorrow’s conference, pictured with some of the books that have inspired his love of reading

7:00pm Friday 21st June 2013

TOP author Alan Gibbons will give the keynote speech at an Oxford conference tomorrow aimed at putting the fun back into reading for children.

Volunteer readers get some top tips

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire Reading Campaign volunteers, left to right, Louise Parkinson, Sue Dunne and Dorothy Sym look through children’s books with volunteer manager Bianca Bailey during a training session at the Oxford Central Library. Picture: OX59318

5:00pm Friday 31st May 2013

VOLUNTEERS taking part in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign have been getting some top tips on how to choose books for children.

Help needed for summer project

Oxford Mail: Volunteer Louise Castle, left, with mums and kids at a rhyme time event in Wantage Library

12:00pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

THE county’s libraries are looking for volunteers to encourage children to read over the summer holidays.

Family outings to the library inspire pupils

Oxford Mail: READ ALL ABOUT IT: Volunteers Barbara Posner, left, and Gill Shepherd with St Nicholas Primary School pupils Abigail Earl, seven, Samuel Kelsey, six, Maisie Stansfield, six, and Camren Curtis, seven

2:00pm Friday 17th May 2013

VOLUNTEERS are helping an Oxford school forge closer links with a local library.

Our Fran inspires love for reading

Oxford Mail: Oxford Mail education reporter Fran Bardsley reads a book with Star Wars fan Sam Scott at St Ebbe’s Primary School

12:00pm Friday 10th May 2013

NO two children are alike and that certainly seems to be the case with reading.

Young reader is keen to start his journey with Mail campaign

Oxford Mail: Fran Bardsley reads with with Gertian Lasku

7:00am Monday 29th April 2013

IT takes a lot to persuade a seven-year-old to leave PE on a sunny afternoon to go and sit in a corner with a book and a stranger.

Proof of success to be in school results

Oxford Mail: Acting programme manager Wendy Tyrrell, left, with National Literacy Trust members Bianca Bailey, Clare Bolton and Leena O’Hara at the launch of the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign in September. Picture: OX54366 Jon Lewis

7:00am Friday 12th April 2013

TEN more schools have signed up to take part in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

City author’s debut is a magical fantasy

Oxford Mail: Children’s bookseller Josh Clarke

7:00am Tuesday 9th April 2013

A BOOK by an Oxford author will be the next choice for the Oxford Mail Junior Book Club.

Keep reading and stay out of jail says US author

Oxford Mail: SHOUT IT OUT: Mo Willems reads one of his stories to primary school children

7:00am Friday 5th April 2013

KEEP reading and stay out of jail.

‘Your help is crucial to reading success’

Oxford Mail: Jake Shepherd and Amelia Mossop at West Kidlington Primary School

7:00am Friday 22nd March 2013

VOLUNTEERS will be crucial to help maintain the enthusiasm these Kidlington children now have for reading.

Your county needs you for reading campaign

Oxford Mail: County council cabinet member for education Melinda Tilley

6:13pm Thursday 7th March 2013

A RENEWED call has been made for volunteers to help the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

Strange characters invade playgrounds for World Book Day

Oxford Mail: Front, Neil Edmonds, seven, Holly Fratter, 10, left, and Seth Edmonds, 10

7:00am Thursday 7th March 2013

TODAY’S World Book Day provides a perfect opportunity to get youngsters enthused about reading, by dressing up as their favourite storybook character.

Bomb disposal hero's biggest battle... with dyslexia

Oxford Mail: Lieutenant Colonel Adam McRae

3:00pm Friday 1st March 2013

THE top officer of a regiment dubbed The Real Hurt Locker has backed the Oxford Mail’s Reading Campaign and spoken of his battle against dyslexia.

Schools urged to book place in reading campaign

Oxford Mail: St Nicholas Primary School headteacher Rachel Crouch at the conference

10:30am Tuesday 26th February 2013

HEADTEACHERS have urged more schools to join the campaign to get Oxfordshire reading.

Chance to prove love of reading

7:00am Saturday 23rd February 2013

SCHOOLS in Oxfordshire are being given a final chance to sign up to the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

Mail's junior book of the month is a ripping adventure yarn

Oxford Mail: Josh Clark of Waterstones says The Mystery of the Vanishing Skeleton is a riveting read

1:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

AN ADVENTURE series harking back to the days of Enid Blyton is this month’s pick for the Oxford Mail Junior Book Club.

RAF top brass are supporting our campaign

Oxford Mail: Wing Commander Angela Baker, who reads daily to her two children, in her office in RAF Brize Norton. Picture: Tom Jennings

7:00am Saturday 16th February 2013

LEADING Royal Air Force officers have backed our reading campaign and said literacy is fundamental for children’s futures.

Volunteers ready to help children read

Oxford Mail: TRAINING: Angela Taylor, left, is to become a volunteer co-ordinator at New Marston Primary, while teaching assistant Sylvia Langden is co-ordinating volunteers at Millbrook Primary School in Grove

7:00am Thursday 14th February 2013

SCHOOLS taking part in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign are ready to start training volunteers to read with youngsters.

Reading campaign: 'Scheme has grabbed children's enthusiasm'

Oxford Mail: Karen Williams with, from left, Ben Hall, Chloe Adams and Noah Jones

9:00am Monday 4th February 2013

A TEACHING assistant who has spent the past eight weeks working with children on the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign has said how impressed she is with the scheme.

Reading campaign: More schools to look into joining

Oxford Mail: County council cabinet member for education Melinda Tilley with Buckland Primary School pupils, from left, James Coombs, 10, Joseph Langdon, nine, Abby Hallion-Gammon, 10, and Daisy Torrington, 10

9:00am Monday 4th February 2013

CHILDREN at every Oxfordshire primary school now have the chance to beneift from the county’s flagship reading campaign.

Reading Campaign: Project turns a chapter

Oxford Mail: Longworth Primary School pupil Amy Bowers

9:00am Monday 4th February 2013

Literacy campaign is spreading to more schools

Junior Book Club offer is inspiring read

Oxford Mail: Charlie Hayes with the first of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

12:00pm Thursday 10th January 2013

IF you are struggling to get your child to read, this month’s Oxford Mail Junior Book Club book may provide inspiration.

Chief Inspector Colin Paine: 'This helps uncover a world of imagination'

Oxford Mail: Colin Paine

7:30am Friday 4th January 2013

WEST Oxfordshire’s top police officer has backed the Oxford Mail’s reading campaign and said it is essential children learn to read.

School tries to foster a real love of reading

Oxford Mail: Stephen Freeman is the latest school to sign up to the reading campaign. Summer-Rose Absalom, Samuel Purdy, Keisha Mee, special needs co-ordinator Penny Blow, Ellie Lee, Leah Iglesias-Collison and Scott Empson enjoy their time in the library

12:00pm Monday 31st December 2012

EVEN if your child can’t read a book by themselves, it is still worth sharing it with them, according to the latest school to support the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

Chief constable says campaign is a great idea

Oxford Mail: Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, holds a copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

7:00am Thursday 27th December 2012

CHIEF Constable Sara Thornton has backed the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign and spoken of the importance of the skill for children.

Give children the gift of time to read books

Oxford Mail: Campaign manager Clare Bolton

1:00pm Friday 21st December 2012

YOU’RE making a list and checking it twice...

Parents embrace our campaign for reading

Oxford Mail: Volunteer Gabi Allen helps Cheyanne Speke at The Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground reading room

2:00pm Monday 17th December 2012

PEOPLE in Blackbird Leys have welcomed the campaign to get their children reading and improve literacy skills.

Opinion divided on superhead’s vision

Oxford Mail: Martin Lester

9:30am Monday 10th December 2012

A “SUPERHEAD” brought in to help turn around struggling schools in Oxfordshire has criticised the “narrow focus” on English and maths by which schools are judged.

Students sign up to boost literacy

Oxford Mail: Emily Sweetingham, left, and Natalie Kimberley choosing books to read with young children as part of the reading campaign

12:00pm Friday 7th December 2012

A GROUP of college pupils are the latest to sign up as volunteers for the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

‘Campaign will help future of business’

Oxford Mail: Nigel Wild, president of Oxford Chamber of Commerce, signs copies of his first novel in Waterstone’s, Broad Street

10:00am Friday 30th November 2012

A TOP Oxfordshire businessman says employers “despair” due to poor literacy and numeracy standards when trying to recruit staff.

Children meet their very own superhero

Oxford Mail: Pupils from Cutteslowe Primary School with children’s author Michael Dahl, front, centre, and Raintree Publishing staff

7:00am Monday 26th November 2012

PUPILS from Cutteslowe Primary School came face to face with one of their very own ‘superheroes’ when they met the children’s author Michael Dahl.

Junior book club is off to a flying start

Oxford Mail: Charlie Hayes at Waterstones with the first book, Gangsta Granny

7:00am Friday 23rd November 2012

A NEW junior book club launched by the Oxford Mail in association with bookseller Waterstones has been hailed a roaring success.

‘Making reading one of our top priorities’

Oxford Mail: Wallingford’s St John’s Primary School headteacher Jane Ratcliffe with Ethan Strange, Bea Swaine, Eve Green, Ben Parkinson and Emily Strange

7:00am Monday 19th November 2012

THIS school is hoping to ensure that nine out of 10 children reach higher reading levels after taking part in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

Comics 'can encourage reading'

Oxford Mail: Pictured with the latest Phoenix issue are, left to right, designer Laurence Beck, deputy editor Will Fickling, editor Ben Sharpe, head of PR Lizzie Payton, Caro Fickling, financial director John Dickinson, and sales and marketing manager Ross Fraser

2:00pm Friday 16th November 2012

THE founders of an Oxford-based comic say publications like theirs can encourage thousands of youngsters to read.

School reading projects ‘working together’

11:00am Thursday 15th November 2012

TWO campaigns to improve reading standards among schoolchildren are running well side-by-side, according to education officials.

Schools raring to go after training begins

Oxford Mail: Claire Warner with Caroline Lilley and Ruth Denton

7:10pm Monday 12th November 2012

A MAJOR campaign to get Oxfordshire reading has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council, back by the Oxford Mail. The authority has set aside more than half a million pounds for the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign. The goal is for a dramatic increase in the proportion of children achieving the higher levels at Key Stage 1 reading, which are taken by seven-year-olds, and to foster a life-long love of reading. The campaign, run by the National Literacy Trust, will see an army of volunteers being sent in to read with the children who need the most help in 81 focus schools, plus a range of school improvement measures including training at all levels. Today we look at the start of the training.

Volunteer numbers is a big campaign boost

7:00pm Monday 5th November 2012

MORE than 100 people have volunteered to take part in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign.

Training days get underway for school children aged seven

Oxford Mail: Leena O'Hara

2:20pm Friday 2nd November 2012

A MAJOR campaign to get Oxfordshire reading has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council, backed by the Oxford Mail. The authority has set aside more than half a million pounds for the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign. The goal is for a dramatic increase in the proportion of children achieving the higher levels at Key Stage 1 reading, which are taken by seven-year-olds, and to foster a life-long love of reading. The campaign, run by the National Literacy Trust, will see an army of volunteers being sent in to read with the children who need the most help in 81 focus schools, plus a range of school improvement measures including training at all levels. Today we find out about the first training sessions about to start for teaching assistants.

Children absorbed by readathon tales

Oxford Mail: Ron Heapy reads to the children during the readathon

12:00pm Wednesday 31st October 2012

A MAJOR campaign to get Oxfordshire reading has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council, backed by the Oxford Mail. The authority has set aside more than half a million pounds for the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign. The goal is for a dramatic increase in the proportion of children achieving the higher levels at Key Stage 1 reading, which are taken by seven-year-olds, and to foster a life-long love of reading. The campaign, run by the National Literacy Trust, will see an army of volunteers being sent in to read with the children who need the most help in 81 focus schools, plus a range of school improvement measures including training at all levels. Today we find out about the six-hour readathon for children organised by charity ARCh.

Spooky inspiration for young readers

Oxford Mail: Campaign manager Clare Bolton

12:00pm Tuesday 30th October 2012

PARENTS are being encouraged to use spooky stories, witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls to get children excited about reading.






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