There’s still time for Leeds schools to join reading scheme

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Don’t miss out – that’s the message to teachers in Leeds who want to book places for their pupils on an innovative reading programme

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with CMC International and The NEWS Foundation to launch a schools project called The Reading Passport.

It will help Key Stage 2 students aged eight to 12 improve their reading skills and develop their interest in the world around them.

More than 2,000 children from 32 schools across Leeds have been signed up to the scheme to date.

But organisers were today keen to stress that places are still available to schools that put their names forward ahead of next week’s registration deadline.

NEWS Foundation director George Kelly told the YEP: “The response we have had so far to the scheme has been incredible.

“Any schools interested in getting involved should make contact as soon as possible because the time for registrations is running out.”

Participating children each receive a Reading Passport, a pocket-sized booklet containing 15 educational activities.

They will also get a copy of the YEP each week for six weeks plus a certificate of achievement at the end of the project.

Some of the classes taking part will feature in the pages of the YEP.

The project, which costs just £2 per student, is being offered to all primary schools in Leeds.

More than one class per school can take part and the registration deadline is next Friday, October 23.

To sign up for the Leeds City Council-backed scheme, e-mail your school and class information with the proposed number of participating pupils to using the subject line The Yorkshire Evening Post Reading Passport 2015.