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Archant and City Academy Norwich team up for school reading programme

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Archant is working together with local school City Academy Norwich to launch a reading initiative for their year seven pupils, as part of the Business in the Community’s ‘Business Class’ programme.

Business in the Community is a business-led, issue-focused charity who aim offer practical ways for businesses to work together and take action to tackle some of the key issues facing society.

The Business Class programme was designed by Business in the Community to build lasting partnerships between businesses and schools around the UK. These partnerships are aimed to transform the life chances of young people and develop talented employees for the future.

The reading initiative will bring together Archant employees and year 7 pupils from The City Academy for 30-40 minutes per week – with the time being used to help the pupils engage with written content and support their reading (this could be through sharing books, magazines or any other written content that the helpers or students are interested in).

Speaking of the importance of this partnership, Archant’s Group Head of Learning and Development Ian Jones said “Reading is a fundamental life skill. The Save the Children report “Read On, Get On” identified a direct link between the reading ability of 11 year olds and the likelihood that they will thrive in education and the world of work later in life.”

Mary Sparrow, Principal of The City Academy Norwich says “It is vital to success in life to have good reading skills, having positive role models for reading makes a significant difference to our students. All you need to be able to do is read, listen and talk. You can make a huge difference with these simple skills.”

The reading scheme will begin in March 2016 and will take place once a week for 10 weeks at City Academy Norwich.

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