Learner and staff participants of the Reading Ahead Challenge 2017, received their certificates for completing this year’s challenge, presented to them by award winning Young Adult fiction writer, David Massey and Learning Resources Manager, Lisa Lawson.
A total of 168 learners and staff took part in the challenge this year from various courses, including Childcare, Hairdressing, Landbased Studies, Horsecare, GCSE English and ESOL.
Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate, supporting young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.
We also held a Creative Writing competition, which ran during November and December last year, to coincide with two creative writing workshops run by David Massey. The theme of the competition was ‘a frightening situation.’ There were over 50 entries from GCSE English learners, initially judged by the tutors in GCSE English and LRC staff. Then the shortlisted stories was sent to David Massey who chose the winning entries.
The winners won an Amazon voucher and a signed copy of David Massey’s novel ‘Torn’. The winner was Amy Swalwell, and the two runners-up were William Vale and Amy Edwards.
The presentation was a great way to celebrate the learners’ achievement, and will hopefully encourage them to continue to develop their love of reading.