Reading Gladiators™ groups can be funded in several different ways. Ideally the fee is covered by the school budget, whether that be monies allocated to developing Literacy, English, the Library stock or Gifted and Talented, (those working above the expected level). Ultimately you are purchasing good quality books for your whole school book stock.
It is worth posing these questions when rationalising a claim on a particular budget. Does Reading Gladiators™ fall into one of your school aims? Do you have a current focus on developing Literacy at Key Stage 1, Lower or Upper Key Stage 2. We offer programmes in Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6, so spending can be targeted to fulfil a specific need. Are you intending to apply for a grant such as the Foyle School Library Scheme to augment your bookstock? Detailing your Reading Gladiators™ group in your application may increase your chance of a success. Schools who have already shown commitment to the development of reading in school increase their chances of acceptance for a grant. Reading Gladiators™ has also been mentioned favourably in school Ofsted reports.
You may be able to use part of your Pupil Premium budget if a sufficient proportion of your Reading Gladiators™ group are entitled to monies from this source.
Alternatively you may wish to approach your PTA or Friends committee. It is important to stress that the books are being purchased for the whole school. The Reading Gladiators™ for this year will just be the first pupils to read them. Once the programme has finished, those titles will enter the main school bookstock. They may replace tired guided reading collections or be shared among bookcorners and the library stock.
Some school offer Reading Gladiators™ as one of their paid for after school or breakfast clubs. Parents cover the cost of the programme by way of a termly fee. Obviously the children can then keep the books, though if you have 8 or more pupils in your group, the school will receive a free teachers set of the books taught in that programme (either 6 or 8 titles).
Having a Reading Gladiators™ group in your school offers the opportunity to raise standards in Literacy across the school. A well managed group will have an impact beyond the pupils within the group. Reading Gladiators™ should be ambassadors for reading in the school, sharing their enthusiasm for exploring books creatively through display, assemblies or taking on a role within the school library.
Feedback from schools currently using the programmes has confirmed that it has been a worthwhile investment:
“ I am so thrilled that everyone (parents, staff and children alike) are so excited about reading.” Claire Coates, Leicestershire.
Reading Gladiators™ has also been selected as a finalist for the Teacher Primary Resource Award in the Literacy/English category, so school can be assured that it is a quality product.
If you have any further questions regarding the cost for the programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01621 855862
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