A transatlantic partnership inspires children’s love of reading

Wolverhampton Grammar School (WGS) has partnered with South Connecticut State University (SCSU) to open up new opportunities to inspire young people across Wolverhampton to read for pleasure. Three Professors in Education from SCSU will work closely with Head Librarian, Mrs Zoe Rowley and Mr Duncan McAllister from WGS to deliver this programme to Year 2 children from local primary schools.

Mrs Zoe Rowley, Head Librarian at WGS said: “The partnership will enable children to explore other worlds through reading and will allow them to experience fun and engaging ways to develop new literacy skills, while helping to support important research into this area of study through the partnership with SCSU.”

Mrs Zoe Rowley

Mrs Zoe Rowley (pictured centre) speaking to almost 900 children in Years 2 and 3 from up to 40 local schools at an event with award-winning writer of The Gruffalo and former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the award-winning illustrator of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, at Wolverhampton’s Grand Station on Tuesday 15th March 2022.

The organisations have developed a programme of events including a morning of book-themed activities which will aim to reinforce the importance of reading to young children. WGS will welcome children to a farmyard animal workshop with Wolverhampton based company, The Farm on Wheels. The inaugural event, on Saturday 25th June 2022, will incorporate a drawing session with award-winning author and illustrator, Petr Horáček, and a storytime and craft session. Children who attend the event will receive a reading pack and a book.

The partnership has been developed with the Dean of the College of Education at SCSU, Dr. Stephen J. Hegedus, who is a former WGS student and has a keen interest in raising literacy standards in the area as well as enabling children to access the best education possible.

Teachers must contact Mrs Rowley to secure places for their pupils by email: zer@wgs-sch.net. Parents and teachers can also get in touch with WGS if they would like to be involved in the Discover Reading Project.