As World Book Day approaches on March 7, Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust is gearing up to celebrate the joy of reading and literature with a series of innovative events aimed at promoting reading for pleasure among children and young people.

Since its inception, the Trust has been committed to enhancing the educational experiences of students across its schools through creative and inspirational activities. This year’s World Book Day sees pupils from 43 of the Trust’s schools experience just that, as the Trust collaborates with acclaimed author Joanna Nadin, around her novel “The Worst Class in the World“.

Winner of the Fantastic Book Award, and author of 90 books for children and adults, Nadin’s book is about a class of colourful characters dubbed ‘the worst class in the world’ by their headteacher due to their antics.

The Trust has created an environment for pupils to interact with the author in a virtual session to discuss the book and its characters. Students will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the book, and even participate in a Q&A session directly with the author herself. By bringing literature to life in this innovative and creative way for pupils, the Trust’s mission is to ignite a passion for reading among young learners and inspire them into a lifelong love.

Jon Brettell of Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, expressed excitement about the primary event, stating, “This collaboration has been a long time in the making and we really appreciate the author’s participation. We believe that instilling a love for reading from an early age is crucial for the future success of our children and this special event provides them with a unique opportunity. Our collaboration with Joanna Nadin for World Book Day underscores our commitment to providing enriching literary experiences for students.

The Trust is also spearheading leading initiatives at secondary level, collaborating with Newcastle poet Rowan McCabe to inspire students to express themselves through poetry. The talented poet has already been commissioned by Channel 4, Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ and the National Trust. Originally he set up ‘Door-to-Door Poetry’; a project which involved knocking on strangers’ doors and offering to write poems for them, for free, on any subject of their choosing!

Through workshops and a special anthology project, students will have the opportunity to work closely with McCabe to hone their writing skills and create a lasting literary piece that will be shared across all Trust schools.

Jon Brettell added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Rowan McCabe to empower our secondary students to explore their creativity through this exciting poetry project. By giving our pupils these opportunities we are really opening up their horizons and inspiring them to explore further wonderful forms of creative writing.

World Book Day dates back to 1998 and is a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March.

About Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust supports and partners with five secondary schools, one middle school, forty-one Primary and one first school in the west of our Diocese.

Our designated schools are located in four different Local Authorities: Northumberland, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham. Within our Trust we have a Centre For Teaching, a National Computing Hub, a National MFL Hub and a national accredited NPQ (National Professional Qualification for Headship and Leadership) provider.

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