The New Zealand Ministry of Education is inviting applications for funding to implement the Reading Together® programme. For those in the Schooling sector in New Zealand, the following information was published in the Ministry of Education School Leaders Bulletin | He Pitopito Kōrero | Update – 23 August 2022:
Applications open for Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi
Schools can apply for funding to deliver Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi.
Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi is a strengths-based, literacy intervention that supports parents and whānau to learn strategies to positively support their children’s reading at home. It runs over four workshops (1 hour 15 minutes in length) and builds high-trust relationships between staff, parents, whānau, librarians and communities.
The programme has been found to increase children’s meaningful access to books, support whānau bonding and raise reading achievement.
How to apply
- Request an application form by emailing Reading.Together@education.govt.nz.
- Applications are open until 31 March 2023. Schools can select which term they plan to deliver the programme (up to Term 2, 2023 – week 1 to 5 only).
To find out more about Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi visit:
Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi – Education Counts
Reading Together® and Early Reading Together® – TKI
On 18 November 2022, the Ministry of Education followed up with a post on their Facebook page available here. Excerpts from the post:
APPLICATIONS OPEN 📚 “Reading is no longer a task but something to enjoy. Ka pai tō mahi me haere tonu!” – Parent
“Because reading is built on relationships, it promotes social wellness…provided we take the stress out of the situation and Reading Together® does that.” – Deputy Principal
These are just a few of the positive comments we’ve received from teachers, parents and whānau after their community’s Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi workshops. In these workshops, whānau learn strategies to support their children’s reading at home and make it an enjoyable learning and bonding experience for their family.
Find out how others have run Reading Together®, what worked well, and how you can apply on our website:
Also in November 2022, the Ministry of Education published information under the heading 'Reading Together® applications still open' in the School Leaders Bulletin | He Pitopito Kōrero | Update – 22 November 2022. Excerpts include:
Many parents and whānau have spoken about the positive impact Reading Together® had on their children’s learning and achievement, and their relationships as a family. It also found that the programme has contributed to building high-trust relationships between schools, parents and whānau, librarians, communities and iwi.
A summary of evaluations is available on the Education Counts website:
Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi Exemplars – Education Counts
These resources also include insights and learnings from schools that have implemented Reading Together® and the benefits to their learners and communities. Schools may wish to use them as a ‘starter for 10’ to support conversations with communities and planning to run Reading Together® in 2023.
Posted: Monday 5 December 2022