Little Ilford School believes that reading widely and often enhances a student's achievement, life chances and wellbeing. All staff work hard to promote reading for pleasure.  It is important that family and friends support this by encouraging reading and talking about reading at home.

We recommend at least 40 minutes per day for years 7-8 and 20 minutes per day for years 9-11.

All kinds of reading are valuable.  Factual books increase knowledge and understanding.  Stories foster empathy as well as building reading stamina. Newspapers and magazines keep us up-to-date and encourage curiosity.

Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said:  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-function-boosted-for-days-after-reading-a-novel-9028302.html.

Neuroscientists have discovered that reading a novel can improve brain function on a variety of levels. The recent study on the brain benefits of reading fiction was conducted at Emory University. The study titled, Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain, was recently published in the journal Brain Connectivity.  The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-athletes-way/201401/reading-fiction-improves-brain-connectivity-and-function.

Young people who read fiction have significantly stronger reading skills than their peers who do not, according to new findings from University College London Institute of Education (IOE):  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2018/oct/fact-or-fiction-novels-come-top-reading-skills.

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