The University’s Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS) recognised the efforts of looked after children at an event attended by academics from across the UK.
Working in partnership with The Reader Organisation (TRO), the Reading with Children and Families day sought to explore the possibilities for cross-regional and cross-institutional collaborative research into the effects of shared reading on the educational, social and personal welfare of under-achieving children and their families.
The event started with a Get Into Reading workshop, introducing and exploring TRO’s flagship Shared Reading with Children programme, before CRIL’s Josie Billington and Caroline Rowland introduced the research context of proceedings.
The aim is to establish research partnerships between academics and professionals across a variety of disciplines, to plan specific projects, and attract research funding, around shared reading with families and children from marginalised communities across the UK.
CRILS and TRO also hope to establish multi-disciplinary ’think-tanks’ that will be able to anticipate and respond to future research council opportunities.