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Spending Pupil Premium Funding on Books

We work with schools across the country to provide book parcels for children who attract pupil premium funding. This is a service that increasing numbers of schools have asked for recently, as they try to encourage reading for pleasure and want to change attitudes to reading and provide books for those children who may not have access to them at home.

Research by the National Literacy Trust has shown that children who are eligible for free school meals are much less likely to own books of their own. Their study revealed a strong link between young peoples’ reading ability and their access to books at home. They conclude that “without access to books of their own children are less likely to have positive experiences of reading, less likely to do well at school and less likely to be engaged in reading in any form.”

Key findings:

  • 9% of children and young people say that they don’t own have a book of their own at home, a statistic that has remained static over the past year. This means that 1 in 11 children and young people in the UK miss the benefits of having their own books
  • This ratio drops to 1 in 8 pupils who receive free school meals who told us that they don’t have a book of their own at home
  • 51.24 is the average number of books owned by children and young people who say that they have books of their own at home
  • Not only do fewer disadvantaged pupils say that they have a book of their own at home than their advantaged peers, but those who do have books of their own report fewer books than their more advantaged peers (39.8 vs. 52.6)

‘A Book of Their Own’ Scheme

By providing a child with ‘A Book of Their Own’ you can help close the gap between children who have access to books at home and those who don’t. You also help your school foster a positive attitude towards books and reading, and raise literacy levels.

By using Pupil Premium Funding to give exciting, accessible, relevant and fun books you promote Reading For Pleasure and allow children to feel confident around books and proud of book ownership.  

We know the books that kids get excited about, so contact us about ordering book parcels for your pupils and getting them started on their own home library!

We can be entirely flexible about the quantity and frequency of your book deliveries, and work entirely around the children’s needs and your budget.  Some schools order 1 book per pupil every half term, while another gets 4 books every 2 months… the choice is entirely yours!

Contact us with your requirements and we will happily send you a quotation for providing the books that you need.  There are no other hidden costs – gift-wrapping if you’d like it and postage for each delivery is included free of charge.

I'm Interested in Spending Pupil Premium Funding on Books.

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The books would be for the following year groups:
NurseryReceptionYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6

I have a total budget of for these books.

Further Information:
Please let us know of any other details regarding the type of books you are looking for, frequency of delivery etc.

Other Book Buying Options

You could also use Pupil Premium Funding to buy new books for your library or classrooms at school, perhaps for a particular project or reading incentive.  You may want to check out our ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book lists for each year group for ideas, or consider ordering a Sale or Return collection.

We can also help with sourcing Reading Scheme books to raise reading levels from Early Years up and assist children with Phonics learning.  Whether you’d like to start a whole new scheme or just need a top-up in some levels, contact us for advise on what we can provide.

If you’d like to spend some of your pupil premium funding on books we can be very flexible with what we offer and will always work entirely to suit your needs.  Contact us today to discuss how you’d like to allocate your budget.