'Books with Breakfast' at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy

Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy (EWOA) in Great Yarmouth has been pioneering a number of fun and interactive initiatives with parents aimed at getting them more engaged with their child’s reading and supporting better reading habits at home.

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These initiatives have included setting up Parent Reading Champions, parents who are positive about reading and have had access to an EWOA training session to be advocates for reading, and setting up Story Cafes, a session led by a teacher where parents and carers are invited to share in a story session with their child, enjoy a hot drink, and complete a creative task linked to that story.

To continue this recent streak of activities, the academy has held its first Books with Breakfast event which aims to share reading strategies and give parents the opportunity to share some great books across a range of different age ranges, including some new and classic authors.

So, armed with bacon butties, pastries, and tea and coffee, 24 EWOA parents enjoyed some 'speed book dating' and a chance to come together and discuss some of the issues around reading at home.


Thanks to a generous donation from the Big Issue, sourced by the academy’s events and fundraising co-ordinator, parents also had the opportunity to take away a fantastic range of children’s books at the end of the session. The session was so successful that the next one has already been arranged and will include a 'book swap' as well as specialist advice for parents about how to support children with dyslexia.

Sophie Freestone, an EWOA teacher and Academy Reading Champion, said:

"We were delighted with EWOA’s first Books with Breakfast session. We are hoping to support more parents with resources and strategies that are used across the academy to enable them to feel confident in supporting their child with reading at home."

Donna Derbyshire, a parent at EWOA, said:

"What a great morning. It’s been so beneficial to speak with teachers and others about reading materials and techniques that may keep my son interested in reading and to feel reassured that I am helping my son with his literacy too. Oh, and a cuppa is always a welcomed bonus."