Reading and maths project for children in care expanded

Posted by ap507 at Oct 22, 2014 11:05 AM |
Alan Johnson MP is new Patron of postal club for children in foster care
Reading and maths project for children in care expanded

From L to R: Viv Bird (Booktrust), Alan Johnson MP and Dr Rose Griffiths

A project that started in Leicester with just 20 children now reaches over 7,500 children nationwide and has extended to 5-7 year olds.

The Letterbox Club, which is hosted by the Booktrust, was the brainchild of Dr Rose Griffiths from the School of Education.

This month, the project announced its new Patron, MP Alan Johnson – a former postman - at an event attended by the Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Lord Grocott, and Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman.

The event at Portcullis House, London, also celebrated the launch of Letterbox Orange, a new range of materials for children aged 5 to 7.

Alan Johnson praised Letterbox Club for helping foster children improve their reading and mathematics and discussed the value to children of having colourful Letterbox parcels of books and number games sent to them personally at their own address. He also talked about the enjoyment he had had from gifts of books when he was a child.

Click here for further information about the event and to view the evaluation report of the new age range for Letterbox Club, “Letterbox Orange” for children aged 5 to 7

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