Schools Minister Nick Gibb today announced a new reading competition designed to inspire children to become voracious readers and boost literacy standards. The competition is open to all seven- to 12-year-olds at schools in England. It will launch in the autumn. The Department for Education is considering bids to design and co-deliver the competition and will choose a preferred partner in the coming weeks. The competition will:
* Involve school-led events which Ministers envisage will result in local, regional and national prizes to make reading more attractive.
* Contain a strong peer-to-peer element including getting young people to select competition titles.
* Create a link between school and home to encourage the involvement of parents to support their children.