January 19, 2016  •  Leave a Reply

Today UCL celebrated the start of its 2016 Reading Recovery Read Aloud (Read Aloud) campaign, which is being led by the International Literacy Centre (ILC) based at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), to raise awareness of literacy issues of school children.

Actor Gillian Anderson joined pupils and teachers at the William Tyndale Primary School in Islington, London to listen to students demonstrate how their reading skills have improved as a result of working with the ILC and its Reading Recovery programme.   The visit was also attended by UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, and Interim Director of the IOE, Professor Andrew Brown who also spent time listening to children reading.

Alongside Gillian, Gareth Bale and Janet Street-Porter are also champions of the campaign which was launched last year. Read Aloud gained so much support in 2015 – with contributions also from Little Mix, Sir Quentin Blake, and Sir Tony Robinson – that this year’s campaign will run for the whole of February with a series of events, continuing onto March when ITV CEO Adam Crozier will listen to children read at their studios.

Gillian said: “Being able to read and enjoy books is such a vital skill for children to acquire, and is crucial to their life chances. It’s an honour to be able to support Reading Recovery Read Aloud, and to witness first-hand how children such as those at William Tyndale Primary School have benefited from the work done by the International Literacy Centre. These children have not just learned to read, they now have the confidence to let their voice be heard.”

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