Prototype reading structure for primary schools

“I love your idea of the Reading Nook – they look fantastic – I want one! Schools will love them.”

Georgina Hughes, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

“In assessing the impact of education, researchers have tended to focus on what is taught or how it is delivered. Limited attention has been paid to where pupils learn.”

(Edgerton, McKechnie and McEwen, Educational child psychology, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2011, p. 34)

This research project has emerged from a collaborative partnership between Emma Dyer, doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, Dr Catherine Burke, reader in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge and Dominic Cullinan from SCABAL.

The aim of this innovative project is to investigate the spaces where beginner readers learn to read in primary schools and to address the question of how those spaces could be more supportive to young readers.

The research is centred upon two Year One classes in two London schools and uses a research-oriented design methodology involving two prototype reading nooks, placed in each of the two classrooms. The approach to the project values the view of each individual child against the backdrop of current and historic policies for school procurement in England.

The reading nook has been designed by SCABAL and Emma Dyer. The prototypes are by Jenx, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of postural support products for children. The project is also supported by Galliford Try.

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