An exciting new initiative has recently been launched by Tim Redgrave, Head Teacher at a small primary school, Ysgol Esgob Morgan in north Wales. After taking his P6 pupils to a talk by author Helena Pielichaty, he was inspired to establish the Patron of Reading scheme, inviting Helena to be the very first Patron of Reading at his school.

Helena was delighted with the idea, and if you look closely you can see her amidst all the happy P6 faces in the photo above! She and Mr Redgrave have worked together to establish a clear vision of what a Patron of Reading can bring to a school.

Mr Redgrave’s primary aim was to inspire a passion for reading amongst his pupils. He believed that a special personal connection could be formed between a school and an author that would motivate children to engage with reading. The author could foster an interest in books through personal visits to the school, a termly newsletter written for the pupils about books and reading, an exchange of letters, poems and other creative work between pupils and the author, and an acknowledgement and celebration of pupil successes in reading and writing by the author herself.

It seems this experiment has proved to be a resounding success, and the Patron of Reading scheme is now recruiting both schools and authors to take part. If you’re a Head Teacher looking for an author who would like to become your Patron, visit the Patron of Reading website and sign up! Likewise, if you’re an author (like me) excited about this brilliant idea, you can do the same. Let’s make the Patron of Reading a UK-wide phenomenon!