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Booktrust's Letterbox Club 'boosts reading ability'

26th January 2010

New research has shown the positive effects that the Letterbox Club reading project can have on children in care.

The scheme, which is run by reading charity Booktrust and the University of Leicester, provides children in care with reading materials, maths resources and stationery for six months of the year, including during the school summer holidays.

Figures released by the organisations showed that children participating in the initiative tend to make significant improvements in reading ability scores.

Two case studies revealed that one child made 16 months progress in literacy in eight months, while another advanced 14 months during eight.

The report also claimed that some children in the Letterbox Club moved from the lowest attaining group in reading to the highest when their progress was followed in 2008.

Rose Griffiths, lead researcher with the University of Leicester, added: 'There has been a considerable impact on most children's reading and mathematics and on their confidence and self-esteem.'

Earlier this month, Val McDermid, Sir Andrew Motion, Pam Ayres and Mihir Bose lent their support to Booktrust's Bookbite project, which aims to inspire the over-60s to read more and engage in creative writing.

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