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Championed by readers of the game More than 100 footballers – including former Blackburn and QPR defender Ryan Nelsen (pictured) – have supported the Reading Stars project with over 83,000 children and parents taking part. see below Boosting literacy Premier League Reading Stars is delivered by the National Literacy Trust and aims to boost reading skills. Schools news Pupils examine globalisation Anisa nets a STUDENTS at Bow School are studying globalisation as part of their GCSE citizenship project. And they are keen to raise awareness of the consequences of some of its more negative aspects which they say are often concealed. One of the students, Rezwan Uddin, said: “This is an important local issue in Tower Hamlets as local shops are selling products from across the world, without them knowing what happens to the workers they get their products from. “This is an important national issue, because lots of potential workers in third world countries are getting paid unfair wages with terrible and dangerous working conditions.” Citing the collapse of a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year, in which hundreds of workers died, he added: “Often, these people have to work in terrible working conditions that are not fit for purpose.” reading prize BY JESAICA ODUBAYO A STUDENT at Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat CoE School has successfully completed a literacy challenge set by a Queens Park Rangers footballer. And her success won Anisa Khanom a jersey signed by the QPR team, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, as part of the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars programme. The year 9 student was entered into a prize draw after successfully completing all three of former QPR defender Ryan Nelsen’s online literacy challenges. In each challenge a player reads an extract from a book and sets questions for children to answer in order to unlock prizes. The Reading Stars programme aims to boost children’s literary skills through football. Recent results from the scheme show that three out of four children who took part made at least six months’ progress in their reading in just ten weeks and nearly nine out of ten participants said that seeing Premier League footballers read had made them want to read more. Anisa said: “Premier League Reading Stars is a lot of fun and I love my new prize from Ryan Nelsen. “I now want to go on to read more books this year.” Sir John Cass head teacher Haydn Evans with Anisa 12 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014


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