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KS2 Teacher? Now’s Your Last Chance To Apply For The Enid Blyton Bursary

NLT training places are up for grabs to five lucky KS2 teachers as part of a new Enid Blyton Bursary – but you need to act fast...

  • KS2 Teacher? Now’s Your Last Chance To Apply For The Enid Blyton Bursary

The National Literacy Trust has marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of Enid Blyton’s first Famous Five novel by teaming up with Enid Blyton Entertainment (EBE) to offer a new bursary that will fund five KS2 teachers through the NLT’s ‘Reading for Pleasure’ training course.

The Enid Blyton Bursary is open to applications is open to KS2 teachers around the country, who will be required to ‘show what reading for pleasure’ means in their school as part of their applications. The five training places will commence in autumn this year, while 10 runner-ups will receive one year’s free membership to the National Literacy Trust Network. Whether they’re successful or not, all applicants will get to download a resource pack to support teaching of book one in Blyton’s Famous Five series, Five on a Treasure Island.

The NLT’s ‘Reading for Pleasure’ CPD training takes place over two sessions, and aims to help teachers develop a better understanding of the benefits to pupils of reading for pleasure, learn new teaching strategies and devise an action plan for creating a community of readers at their school.

Blyton herself was a trained teacher and a keen advocate for reading development in childhood, her understanding of how to make books appealing to children plainly evident in the enormous success of the books she wrote, with one continuing to be sold every two minutes in the UK alone.

According to NLT director Jonathan Douglas, “Our research shows that children who enjoy reading do better at school and later in life, and that teachers play a vital role in helping children develop a love of reading. By equipping teachers with the knowledge, skills and strategies they need to foster a positive reading culture in their classroom, we hope to inspire a whole new generation of children to fall in love with reading, and Enid Blyton, for a lifetime.”

Teachers can apply for the bursary via the NLT website; the deadline for entries is 30 June 2016.

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