Students from Nursey to the final year GCSE cohort are enjoying a new collection of diverse and representative books, thanks to the Friends of Gad’s Hill School.

The generous donation of almost 100 new fictional and factual publications, written by black and Asian authors and writers of other minority ethnic origins, are now available to read, and refer to, in school.

History teacher, Mrs Claire Blann, said:  “It is incredibly kind of the Friends to support us in providing titles that ensure all of our children have continued access to directly relevant literary resources.

“Reading is a big part of life at Gad’s Hill.  Weekly ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) sessions feature in all Junior and Senior timetables, where students choose from a wide range of books in the relaxed setting of our reading and research room, form library or specialist subject room.

“The books have been very well received and are proving just as popular at story and free time with our youngest, as they are during DEAR periods with the older children.”

Gad’s Hill’s Senior English Literature curriculum has long provided books that reflect a contemporary society, representing the diverse and varied experiences and cultures of all pupils.  The 11-16 year-old study the autobiography of American abolitionist Frederick Douglass and an anthology of the works of the Windrush generation poets.

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)’s reported that only 10% of children’s books published in 2019 featured ethnic minority characters.

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