Pearson goes online for schools

<p>Educational publisher Pearson has launched a reading programme for schools, Bug Club, available entirely as electronic resources and e-books. Bug Club is also available in physical book form as trials have shown that schools still prefer physical books to the cheaper online alternative.</p><p>Lindsay Nadin, acting head of publishing for primary literacy and languages at Pearson, said schools using the reading scheme, which launched in September, were buying the books and using the e-books as an additional resource.</p><p>She said: &quot;That may change in a few years but for now we have found that teachers and parents still value books and want to have the book to share with children.&quot;</p><p>Bug Club is a phonics-based reading scheme for children aged four&ndash;11, which includes 145 e-books, teachers&#39; notes and assessment tools. The stories include licensed characters such as Ben 10 and Shaun the Sheep. The cost of the electronic resources and relevant e-books is less than &pound;5 per child for the year.</p><p>Up to 40% of schools buying the books have gone on to buy the electronic scheme. Nadin said: &quot;Schools don&#39;t need to buy the printed books if they don&#39;t wish to; it&#39;s the first online reading scheme that is completely available online. But that&#39;s not what is happening. We are not saying it&#39;s the end of the printed book.&quot;</p><p>Pearson may also launch book packs for families to support their child&#39;s learning. Nadin added: &quot;Many schools are reluctant to let books go home in case they get misplaced or damaged, but with this scheme schools can make the e-books available to parents for home use.&quot;</p><p>Another 44 books at KS2 level will be published in the spring, and a separate phonics learning scheme, Phonics Bug, is available.</p>