Don’t delay! Time is running out for Leeds schools to sign up to YEP-backed reading scheme

Children from Templenewsam Halton Primary School taking part in last year's scheme.
Children from Templenewsam Halton Primary School taking part in last year's scheme.

Teachers in Leeds have one last chance to get their pupils signed up to an innovative Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading scheme.

Tomorrow is the deadline for schools in the city to register for the Make The News 2017 scheme, being run by the YEP in a link-up with The NEWS Foundation.

Each child in classes that register for the project will receive an activity book filled with ideas that aim to develop literacy skills.

They will also get a copy of the YEP each week for six weeks as they learn how news is gathered and papers are put together.

Some of the participating classes will feature in the YEP.

Pupils will also be asked to design their own front pages for a competition that will earn the winning school a visit from a Leeds United player.

YEP editor Hannah Thaxter has hailed the project as a “fantastic introduction to the world of news for young people”.

Make The News 2017 is being run with Leeds City Council and Child Friendly Leeds and costs just £2 per pupil.

The scheme has been launched after praise for two similar projects run by the YEP with The NEWS Foundation in 2015 and 2016, Reading Passport and Let’s Read: LEEDS.

Schools that took part in last year’s scheme included Calverley Parkside Primary, Templenewsam Halton Primary and Kippax Ash Tree Primary.

To register this time around, e-mail george@news-foundation.com with the subject line The Yorkshire Evening Post Make The News 2017.

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