Businesses asked to buy 'literacy toolkits' for schools

Businesses asked to buy 'literacy toolkits' for schools

The National Literacy Trust and Walker Books have created a Literacy Toolkit for businesses to donate to primary schools and community groups.

The toolkit from the reading charity and children’s publisher features resources “to inspire pupils to enjoy reading and help teachers and parents to support children’s literacy skills”. Businesses will be encouraged to “gift” the products to local schools and groups to boost children’s literary in the area.

The boxes will contain 50 titles from Walker Books, aimed at children and young people aged from two to 11, activity sheets and general information for teachers to use in the classroom and send home, guidance and templates to help schools engage parents and their local community as well as NLT membership for the school for one year. The membership will provide access to “inspiring” teaching resources and tools for literacy provision.

The NLT worked with Walker Books to develop the content for the toolkit with each one costing £650. The profits will support the charity’s work to give disadvantaged children across the UK.

Provident Financial are the first company to buy the toolkit, with the Bradford-based business gifting boxes to 24 primary schools in the city. Companies are also encouraged to buy the toolkit to support their own employees as parents.

Jonathan Douglas, director of the NLT, said: “Gifting a box is a simple way to make a difference to your local community and show your commitment to raising literacy levels. The materials in the toolkit can be used for years to come, inspiring hundreds of children to fall in love with reading.”

Jane Winterbotham, Walker Books’s publishing director, said: “It’s a brilliant scheme which we hope will help not only promote literacy in local schools but provide a connection between businesses and the community. We hope we’ll see many businesses pick up this opportunity, and many schools build a love of reading using a selection of our titles.”