Premier League Reading Stars

From Premier League Primary Stars

Resource type: Catch-up intervention

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS2

Region(s): All of UK

Premier League Reading Stars is a programme developed by the National Literacy Trust and the Premier League. It harnesses the excitement around football to increase reading progress levels and encourage greater engagement with reading amongst reluctant and less able readers, primarily in Years 5 and 6. The programme supports the delivery of the statutory requirements for the English Programme of Study for England and Wales and is delivered over 10 x one-hour sessions or “Fixtures”.

Premier League Reading Stars uses football-related resources and texts, including poetry and news articles, to give pupils the opportunity to practise key literacy skills such as comprehension and inference, the difference between fact and opinion, and evaluating online texts. All planning tools, teaching resources and recommended reading lists are available online and can be downloaded for free. There are also three training videos to help schools implement the programme effectively.

Cost: Free with registration.

About The National Literacy Trust: NLT is an independent literacy charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. The charity runs literacy programmes, CPD training courses for teachers, and provides online resources and tools to its members. It also undertakes research into all aspects of literacy and campaigns to raise awareness of literacy issues.

Literacy Hive Likes:

  • Content for the programme is developed with teachers, literacy professionals and authors.
  • The Premier League Primary Stars programme has been running since 2002/3 and has a proven impact, with 75% of pupils making six months’ reading progress, or more, over the 10 weeks.
  • Seven out of ten pupils are proud to be readers having gone through the programme.
  • Provides a way of giving students who are normally seen as ‘struggling’ something that is exciting and special for them.

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