Listening to whole stories encourages children to develop positive attitudes to reading and promotes Reading For Pleasure. The National Curriculum For English 2013 recognises the value of reading aloud to children.
"[Children should] develop pleasure in reading... by listening to a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction"
National Curriculum 2013
The benefits of Reading For Pleasure are far reaching and can have a huge impact on children's future success.
Reading attainment and writing ability
Text comprehension and grammar
Breadth of vocabulary
Positive reading attitudes
Clark and Rubold 2006
Evidence from OECD (2002) found that reading enjoyment is more important for children's educational success than their family's socio-economic status.
The Reading Allowed Project involves the whold school community and also enables certain groups of children to be targeted e.g. boys, reluctant readers, children in receipt of Pupil Premium etc.
"in order to reap the benefits that reading for pleasure can bring, schools need to implement a reading promotion programme that will make reading an experience that is actively sought out by children."
McKenna, Ellsworth and Kear 1995
...and that is just what the Reading Allowed Project does!