‘Our Sto­ries’ lit­er­acy project is launched

A themed bus will visit Scar­bor­ough, Fi­ley and Whitby to­day

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - By Jade McEl­wee jade.mcel­wee@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @JadeMRe­porter

A new ini­tia­tive to boost lit­er­acy lev­els in Scar­bor­ough, Fi­ley and Whitby has launched to­day.

A Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust Hub will be set up on the North York­shire Coast and will be known as ‘Our Sto­ries’.

To­day a lit­er­acy-themed bus will tour the three towns to visit Caed­mon Col­lege in Whitby, Ebor Academy in Fi­ley and The Street com­mu­nity cen­tre in Scar­bor­ough.

At each stop, pupils from lo­cal pri­mary schools will climb on board the bus to en­joy an in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­telling ses­sion by Stephen Joseph Theatre prac­ti­tioner Cerid­wen Smith who will high­light the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy skills and in­spire the pupils to read and tell sto­ries. Pupils will also be gifted a brand new book and an Our Sto­ries book­mark to take home.

The day will fin­ish at The Street com­mu­nity cen­tre, where key part­ners will gather to cel­e­brate the launch.

North York­shire Coast Hub Man­ager, Liz Dyer, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time for the North York­shire Coast and a real op­por­tu­nity to help raise as­pi­ra­tions in the area.

“If chil­dren can read, they can suc­ceed, and that is what we want for ev­ery child in the area.”

The ini­tia­tive has been cre­ated through a part­ner­ship be­tween the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust and the North York­shire Coast Op­por­tu­nity Area.

The Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust Hub aims to work within com­mu­ni­ties to tackle low lit­er­acy lev­els that are se­ri­ously im­pact­ing on peo­ple’s lives, by work­ing with lo­cal part­ners to cre­ate long last­ing change.

Last year, half of dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren (50.8%) on the North York­shire Coast did not achieve a good devel­op­ment at age five, com­pared to 30% of their more ad­van­taged peers.

The chal­lenges con­tinue as pupils get older; 38.4% of chil­dren on the North York­shire Coast did not achieve the ex­pected read­ing level at the end of pri­mary school in 2017, which com­pares to just 28% of chil­dren na­tion­ally.

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