So how can we encourage young people to get reading? Hefty novels can be daunting at first, especially for reluctant readers. This blog from The Guardian has some great ideas on how parents and carers can help their children enjoy books, as well as links to many other resources.
We're expanding our own selection of resources to engage and inspire reluctant readers, with nimbl adaptations of fiction and non-fiction from children's writers such as Roger Hurn, Brian Keaney and Stewart Ross. Available for phones and tablets, young people can carry their stories with them to enjoy at any time, anywhere.
As well as plenty of extra reading material, we're also adding lots more curriculum content for KS2, KS3 and KS4. First up is a fun app about the Vikings: who they were, why they came to Britain and how they lived.
We're also currently offering special deals on our existing mobile learning resources: simply choose a key stage, and we'll provide a library of resources preloaded onto specially locked-down Android tablets. Contact Jacquie on 01223 350555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and prices.
This summer, we're launching our first ever creative writing competition for Virtual Schools.
We'll be inviting young people to submit poetry, stories and mixed-media narratives via their Virtual School. We'll pick our favourites, and then put together an anthology that will be released on the nimbl app.
More details, including information on how to submit entries, will be sent to all Virtual School Heads soon.