Book Clubs in Schools (BCiS) takes the normal book club model and makes it suitable for schools. Book Clubbers read the same book, then discuss it in small weekly book clubs held during school time, facilitated by Book Club Leaders, who are older pupils.
Leaders receive training to help them lead a positive, constructive discussion where younger pupils can learn to formulate coherent critical thoughts, express diverging opinions and learn to argue and disagree with each other calmly and respectfully.
Leaders are trained through following an online training film which includes time for the live problem solving discussions with their peers during the training. They also receive a BCiS training manual as a written guide which reiterates what they have learned in the training session. Book Club Leaders are given bespoke discussion questions and activities which they can use each week to lead the book club.
BCiS give young people the opportunity to read for pleasure and develop character, communication and social skills.