When did you last see kids talking about a book? When did you last see kids talking about a book? Where characters build character

Book Clubs in Schools’ (BCiS) mission is to instil a life-long love of reading and develop social and communications skills for young people.

BCiS delivers face-to-face, cross-age peer mentoring book clubs in secondary and primary schools, focusing on the most disadvantaged. Reading for pleasure, social and communication skills and a volunteering experience for the older pupils.

In the book clubs, young people:

  • read a book for fun
  • discuss topics that relate to them
  • mix with others from different backgrounds, abilities and age groups
  • communicate face-to-face
  • learn to respect different opinions
  • think creatively

Watch a book club in action

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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Catch these films from Tom Palmer as he introduces his wonderful new book After the War which is out on Thursday.

We'll be talking to Tom on our Instagram channel on Monday at 2pm 🙌

Follow us and turn on notification for Live videos: www.instagram.com/bookclubsinschoolsFive films in five days to introduce #AfterTheWar, filmed in Cumbria and Poland earlier this year. Premiering at 10 a.m. daily. t.co/teabBYszQR
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