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MP booked in for story time special

It was story time with a difference for one Chesterfield Primary School, who invited their local MP to narrate one of his favourite children’s books.

Toby Perkins with children from Mary Swanwick School

Toby Perkins with children from Mary Swanwick School

Mary Swanwick School, in Old Whittington, have taken special steps to promote reading and literacy amongst their pupils. Two new library areas have been created at the Church Street North site for the school’s 250 pupils, and more books purchased to spark greater interest in the activity.

Mr Perkins read the youngsters Bob Wilson’s Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-sighted Football Trainer in a specially-convened assembly. It tells of a young football fan who unexpectedly saves his side from a crushing defeat.

Commenting on the importance of reading and the school’s efforts to boost literacy, Mr Perkins said: “Improving reading, writing, speaking and listening skills is the fundamental building block all our learning is built on and that’s why schools rightly put such store by boosting literacy levels.

“I’m really impressed with the work the staff at Mary Swanwick are doing to boost literacy and am glad to hear that it has been a great success.”

Mary Swanwick head teacher Mrs Parr thanked Mr Perkins for supporting the literacy drive. She said: “One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy, holding them back at every stage of their life so it is vital children master this core skill and learn to enjoy the pleasure reading can bring.

“The literacy strategy we’ve implemented this term has really improved our children’s appetite for reading and it’s paying dividends across the curriculum.”

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