The Head of the School of Education, Dr Helena Mitchell and Senior lecturer in primary English, Debbie Wright, were recently interviewed by the Oxford Mail about Oxford Brookes University’s involvement in the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign. Oxford Brookes trains hundreds of teachers each year, many of whom end up working in Oxfordshire schools.
The interview was one of a series of interviews conducted with key stakeholders who are involved in the ‘Get Oxfordshire Reading Campaign’ backed by the Oxford Mail and run by the ‘National Literacy Trust’. The aim of the campaign is to improve children’s literacy skills and to address the growing concern that Oxfordshire schools are underperforming in literacy. The university is aiming to support the campaign by providing volunteers from its students and staff.
‘The National Literacy Trust, a national independent charity in the UK is a leading practitioner on literacy and is working to ensure that children have the literacy skills that they need.
During the interview, the professionals discussed the importance of good literacy skills, as they are required to access the entire curriculum. Dr Helena Mitchell said: “We are totally committed to literacy and we see it as being absolutely crucial. It’s fundamental to absolutely everything that children do.”
Oxford Brookes University is encouraging students and staff to volunteer and both Dr Mitchell and Ms Wright have expressed their desire to help out in schools themselves, time commitments permitting.