Reading Pledge

Two children sitting on the carpet reading their books

Eltham Church of England Reading Pledge

Following the disruption to learning as a result of the COVID pandemic, in response to parent and child surveys and informed by the significant amount of research identifying the benefits of reading for pleasure, Eltham Church of England School are making a Reading Pledge. Its aim is to ensure reading for pleasure is establish securely in our children’s lives and within our whole school community and will be supported by our school improvement plan in 2021 22.


Eltham Church of England Reading Pledge



Ensure Reading for Pleasure is being timetabled and promoted.

Ensure reading materials are inclusive and representative of the community we live in.

Identify a school governor to have special responsibility for reading.

Ensure the texts which support our taught literacy and reading curriculum are aligned to national curriculum expectations, will stimulate enquiry and share new experiences.

Provide timely and practical support to parents (reading lists, reading workshops, tackling reluctant readers etc)




Engage in six reading celebration events each year.

Make time available for children to share and celebrate their reading choices.

Provide daily reading to/read aloud activities.

Provide all children with access to a rich and varied selection of reading materials.

Ensure the renewal of reading materials reflect children’s preferences.




Encourage reading, its importance in our lives and an interest in words.

Make time to sit and read aloud with your child most days.

Talk to them about what they have read; predict enquire and praise effort.