Literacy support is one of the four key pillars of the Premier League Primary Stars programme. It is increasing in popularity as a result of the charity using the power of the club’s badge to inspire ambition and increase aspiration through the connection of literacy learning to the real world.
Burnley FC in the Community, the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust deliver PL Reading Stars as a part of the Literacy strand of the PL Primary Stars programme. The scheme aims to stimulate literacy engagement in children aged 5-11 years who love football, or sport in general, but lack motivation in reading, writing and the spoken word.
Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) is a 10-week literacy intervention designed to be delivered in schools, libraries and football clubs.
PLRS evaluation has shown that the programme can have a significant impact on attainment and attitude. The National Literacy Trust and the Premier League have worked in partnership since 2003 to create this evidence-based programme.
Premier League Reading Stars builds on evidence that football and sport can influence the way young people view reading, particularly among boys and those on free school meals.
Full reports for PLRS are available on the National Literacy Trust website, where you can also read case studies.
At BFCitC, the programme is suitable for primary schools who cater for the needs of some children who struggle to reach the expected levels of literacy but are also passionate about football and sport.
The 10-week programme is split into ‘fixtures’ that embody a variety of literacy-based topics that aim to increase in complexity gradually and fluidly, with a view to providing insight into topics that children will take with them on the next steps of their learning journey.
Fixture 1 – Kick-off
Fixture 2 – Five-a-side
Fixture 3 – Reading the game
Fixture 4 – In the news
Fixture 5 – Player profile
Fixture 6 – Home page
Fixture 7 – Team talk
Fixture 8 – Hot seat heroes
Fixture 9 – Poetry slam
Fixture 10 – Pass it on
Support from home
Parents and other family members can support children’s literacy by reading selected PLRS books at home with their children and logging onto www.extra-time.org at home. We also recommend visiting www.wordsforlife.org.uk to find book recommendations, activities and tips.