We create a fun environment for pupils to participate in Book Clubs in their schools.

BCiS is a peer-to-peer mentoring programme where Year 10s lead book clubs for all Year 7s, or 6th formers work with younger children in local primary schools. 

Through the Book Clubs, pupils learn to

  • read at a higher level
  • foster analytical thinking
  • use evidence to support opinions
  • articulate and share ideas
  • develop emotional intelligence, empathy and creativity
  • interact and relate to peers from different age groups and diverse backgrounds
  • organise and manage their time
  • effectively lead and facilitate group discussion (Book Club leaders)
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The year 10s are developing resilience and perseverance.

They have coped well with the responsibility of being prepared for book club and setting a good example to the younger students.

Amy Smith, Librarian

The habits of informed criticism and respectful debate are practised during book club, these are cross curricular life skills. I have observed the accelerated progress in the work of the pupils who participated in English.

Dom Jones, English teacher

The format gets children to reflect on a text, to consider the views of other group members and to develop more objective and analytical thinking in a fun and engaging way.

Michael Bradley, Headteacher
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Report card says - could do better! "Schools with a higher proportion of children with free school meals are more than twice as likely not to have access to a designated library space" Read the full report here! https://t.co/9S1cyR5n8K

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Book Club Pick: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara is a tough girl, Harlem has taught her to stick up for herself and be sassy. But even tough people have things that make them weak at the knees. She writes a diary of poetry about someone she fancies, her family, religion, her friends, and then is introduced to performing them as slam poetry.

The Poet X is instantly real, the diary style invites you into Xiomara’s world and poetically paints the stories of her life. The book is written in a mixture of poetry and novel writing and we were blown away by it, it’s an instant classic and winner of the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal.


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