Education Show hosts first literacy forum
by Annie Byrne
EMAP has launched a forum for next month’s Education Show in Birmingham, which will focus on improving literacy in the UK.Running in partnership with the National Literacy Association, the Future of Reading forum will bring together educators, authors and publishers including former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. Featuring a line up of speakers and roundtable discussions, the forum aims to provide a platform to share ideas on how to encourage reading among young people. “We should be putting books at the centre of the literacy curriculum and beyond. I welcome this forum as a chance for teachers and practitioners of different kinds to sit down and discuss what's possible, what's necessary and what's desirable in the field of books in schools,” says Rosen.The National Literacy Association will use the views of delegates and presenters to produce a manifesto to change attitudes towards reading in the UK and ultimately improve literacy rates and encourage more children to read for pleasure.The forum will take place at the Education Show, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, at the NEC 4-6 March.