The London Borough of Hackney Council has today launched a new scheme, which will see local schools supplied with a range of ‘books’ with which they can ‘read’ sections, or ‘chapters’, of with the children ahead of classroom-based learning experiences.
Seven Hackney schools have agreed to trial the initiative with the costs of meeting the books being part funded by money put aside for the council’s 2012 Olympic Games cake fund. The head of Recursive Involvement Studies at St Jude’s secondary school, Anne Thomas, explained that, despite the lack of celebrity involvement, the school is still upbeat about the scheme.
‘We had a few of the Arsenal reserves in last month to talk about trigonometry and it was really positive, no-one was stabbed,’ she said. ‘Maybe next year we can get this Shakespeare bloke to play games with Year 8 and discourage methadrone use within school time’.